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Tenby Inshore lifeboat launched after cow goes over cliff on Caldey Island

Lifeboats News Release

Tenby’s RNLI inshore lifeboat was requested to launch at 11.40am on Friday 4th May after a report from the farmer on Caldey Island that a cow had gone over the cliff and he was attempting to retrieve it.

The lifeboat was soon on the water and made best speed to Caldey. Once there, after a brief search, they spotted the farmer in the field above a small cove to the West of Drinkum bay.

After a brief discussion, and as the cove where the cow was situated was inaccessible from land, it was decided to bring the farmer and a member of Caldey Coastguard Team around to the cove to assess the cow and attempt to bring it around to the beach.

Once the necessary manpower (including a member of the lifeboat crew) was ashore at the cove, they managed to get the very weak cow to eat some food, before leading it down to the water. From here, the cow was made fast to the side of the lifeboat and towed the short distance around to the beach at Drinkum where it made it ashore and into the company of a very relieved and thankful farmer and his staff.

The lifeboat then returned to station, rehousing at 1.20pm.

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