Larne RNLI answer call to assist cow near Gobbins
Larne RNLI launched their inshore lifeboat Terry this afternoon (Tuesday 02 October) to assist a cow stuck on a cliff near the Gobbins
The lifeboat launched at 2.05pm after being requested by Belfast Coastguard to assist the animal near The Gobbins.
Weather conditions were described as being a force 5 North-westerly wind with a significant swell and rough sea.
On arrival at Portmuck Harbour, the volunteer crew met with Portmuck Coastguard and the farmer who provided information on the animal and recommendations on how to safely rescue it. The crew then made their way to the Gobbins with ropes and food meal to try to persuade the animal down the slope then into the water.
One crew member entered the water and swam to the rocky shore near The Gobbins. Unfortunately the sea conditions continued to deteriorate so it was not possible to safely evacuate the animal. The lifeboat crew were then stood down by Belfast Coastguard who were going to liaise with the farmer to consider other methods of rescue.
Speaking after the call out, Barry Kirkpatrick, Larne RNLI Helm said: 'Our crew worked very well to implement their training in challenging conditions. Unfortunately due to the weather conditions and location it was not possible to safely rescue the animal by boat.'
'We would recommend any animal owner who is worried about their livestock or pet to never enter the water or put themselves in danger. If you are concerned about your animal please call 999 and ask for the coastguard.'
RNLI media contacts
For information please contact Fiona Kirkpatrick Larne RNLI Volunteer Deputy Lifeboat Press Officer Tel: 077 3805 9405 email Fiona_Kirkpatrick@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager on 00 353 87 1254 124 email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk or Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Tel: 00 353 87 6483547 email Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk
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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.