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Wicklow RNLI rescue stranded dog

Lifeboats News Release

Wicklow Inshore lifeboat crew came to the rescue of a stranded dog on a beach near the Black Castle as darkness fell on Wednesday (11 April) evening.


Wicklow RNLI rescue stranded dog

Wicklow RNLI Inshore lifeboat crew came to the rescue of a stranded dog on a beach near the Black Castle as darkness fell on Wednesday (11 April) evening.

The dog out walking with its owner climbed down the sheer cliff onto an isolated beach and was unable to get back up. It was too dangerous for the owner to attempt climbing down to rescue the dog herself. With the dog now trapped the owner called to the Lifeboat station to ask for help.

The inshore lifeboat crew who were on exercise at the time were alerted and responded to the call. They carried out a beach landing in the breaking surf and recovered the animal from the small beach, which was cut off by the rising tide.

Winnie the dog was reunited with her grateful owner at the lifeboat station a short time later, and with the dog safely ashore the crew resumed their exercise.

The crew on the callout were (Helm) Mark Kavanagh, John Stapleton, Brid Seoighe and Mark Conway.

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