Dog rescued after Lerwick cliff fall
RNLI Lerwick Lifeboat crew today recovered a Border Collie named ‘Socks’ from the foot of the cliffs at the Ness of Sound, Lerwick
Socks was eventually located late afternoon at the foot of the cliffs on the south west corner of the Ness of Sound. Mr McGill contacted the Coastguard for assistance and Coastguard Rescue Teams and Lerwick Lifeboat were sent to the scene.
Lerwick Lifeboat launched around 6.30pm and was by the Ness of Sound within five minutes. Given Socks’ location near the waterline, a decision was made to deploy the inflatable ‘Y-boat’ and two lifeboat crew were soon able recover Socks to the lifeboat. Eleven-year old Socks was a little subdued but appeared without significant injury, despite his cliff fall, thought to have been around 30 feet high.
The lifeboat returned to Lerwick harbour just after 7pm to return Socks to his owner on the pier in the small boat harbour.
Relief Coswain Darren Harcus said: “We’re pleased to have been able to help with Socks’ rescue and to see him handed safely back to his owner. They did exactly the right thing by contacting the Coastguard when they realised that their dog was in difficulty, without putting themselves in any further danger. We hope Socks recovers from the experience soon.”
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