Bundoran RNLI rescue horse that bolts into sea off Murvagh Beach
The volunteer crew of Bundoran RNLI was requested to launch on Monday afternoon, 29 June, to a horse that had bolted into the water off Murvagh beach in County Donegal.
The call was made by lifeguards on duty at the beach to Malin Head Coast Guard just after 5.40pm on Monday and the lifeboat was requested to launch.
On arrival at Murvagh, the lifeboat crew came across the horse over a mile from the shore and gradually coaxed it back to the shore where its owner was waiting.
After almost one hour the horse was eventually reunited with its owner.
Bundoran RNLI Helm Killian O’Kelly speaking on return to the station said: 'This was another call out with a good outcome. Animals are as prone as people to get in trouble in the water and we were glad to be able to help out on this occasion. Remember if you see someone in difficulty on the coast call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.'
Key facts about the RNLI
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.