the schoolgirl was saved from a deadly 60-foot drop from a seaside cliff edge after a brave Staffordshire bull terrier sensed her distress and refused to leave the girl’s side until help arrived.
The troubled, trembling teenager was sitting on the edge of the cliff near Rottingdean in Sussex when Max, a six-year-old pit bull, spotted her and ran.
Max’s owner, Geroge Conner, 46, said, “Max started acting weird – he spotted something on the other side of the fence.”
“TO BE THE NOSY BOY THAT HE IS, HE BEGIN TO MOVE AND FIRE AT HER CHIEF.” I COULD SEE A SHAPE AND THOUGHT IT COULD BE SOME WASTE, BUT WHEN WE WERE CLOSER THAN I SEEN SOMEONE SIT ON THE EDGE OF THE CLIFF. ”
Mr. Cnner, who did not have his phone with him at the time, said:
“MAX WENT AND SIT next to her.”
“I WANTED TO APPROACH THE GIRL, BUT I DIDN’T WANT TO SAY THE BAD THING. I DECIDED THAT I WOULD COME HOME TO CALL THE POLICE.”
Going down the cliff, Mr. Conner found a resting security guard sitting on the bench and asked if he could call the police.
He said, “We didn’t approach her because we didn’t want to scare her, and the police arrived quickly.
“The officers went to the edge of the cliff and tried to get her attention, but she did not move. So they decided to pull it through the fence and away from the edge.
“She was not really consistent. It looked like she had hypothermia and the police said her eyes were rolling in her head.
“We can guess how long she had been up there. She was sitting on a part of the cliff where, if she had passed out and fallen, she would have died.
“A police officer came up to me and said, ‘You saved his life,’ but I said, ‘No, it’s not me, it’s Max who found her.’ .
I was shocked when a policeman revealed his age – my own daughter is 16 years old. Seeing something like this makes all of your problems obsolete. ”
Conner, who has been with Max since he was only six months old, said:
“He has a great temper and he is a very friendly dog who is always ten steps ahead of the match. If I’m sick, he always notices it. I don’t know if I would have found it without him. ”
According to a spokesperson for the Sussex police:
“At 6 p.m. on Monday 11 February, police were called to the cliffs of Rottingdean, opposite West Street, after concerns had been raised about a girl sitting at the edge of the cliff” (photo below) above)
“Two officers came and found the 14-year-old girl who did not look well.”
“They quickly took her away from the edge of the cliff and she was taken by ambulance to the Royal Sussex County Hospital for assessment and treatment.”
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