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Dog rescued by coastguard crews following cliff fall

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A dog has been rescued by Coastguard crews following a cliff fall at Runkerry Head this afternoon, Sunday 16th August.

Crews from Coleraine and Ballycastle attended the incident.

The operation lasted around 2 hours.

A spokesperson for HM Coastguard said

“Ollie the wee poodle pup had a very lucky escape after falling 150 feet off cliffs at Runkerry Head close to the Giants Causeway.

“At 16:30 this afternoon, Coleraine and Ballycastle CRTs began a rope rescue operation to reach Ollie and the rope technicians were delighted to find him safe and well. So well, in fact, a game of cat (sorry, dog) and mouse ensued after Ollie kept dodging the rescuer’s attempts to catch him. Finally, he was grabbed and brought to the top of the cliff safe in our small animal rescue bag.

“HM Coastguard will always respond to domestic animal rescues along the coast to prevent owners and the public endangering themselves by attempting to rescue a distressed animal. We would like to repeat our message to all dog owners to always keep your pet on a lead while walking near cliff edges. If your pet gets into difficulty, please don’t attempt a rescue yourselves. Dial 999 and ask for the COASTGUARD.”

PICTURES : Gareth O’Brien / McAuley Multimedia

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