Sheepdog recovered in large rescue operation

Sheepdog recovered in large rescue operation

Ballycastle and Coleraine HM Coastguard rope rescue teams were tasked yesterday evening, Thursday 30th June following reports that a farmers' sheepdog had fallen over a cliff at Kinbane Road, Ballycastle.

An HM Coastguard spokesperson said "The dog had been following a lamb which had crept through a hole in a fence and fallen. Sadly the lamb did not survive the fall but the dog was alive, apparently uninjured.

"A large rescue operation swung into place involving the Coastguard rope rescue teams and NIFRS and NIAS with their specialist SRT and HART rescue teams.

"A NIFRS drone was particularly useful as it was able to track the dog as it moved through the undergrowth at the base of the cliff.

"After a very challenging rescue in dense undergrowth, the animal was recovered safe and well by Coastguard rescue technicians. If your dog falls over a cliff, do not attempt to rescue yourself. Dial 999 COASTGUARD"

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