Kinsale RNLI involved in rescue of two dogs stranded at bottom of cliff

Lifeboats News Release

Kinsale RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crew along with the assistance of four Coast Guard units rescued two stranded dogs on Bank Holiday Monday (2 January).

The dogs had gotten into difficulty at the bottom of a cliff near Nohoval Cove in Cork and were last seen by their owners the previous day.

Kinsale RNLI’s lifeboat, Miss Sally Ann Baggy II, helmed by Jonathan Connor, was launched just before 10am and reached the bottom of the cliff near New Foundland Bay shortly after in difficult sea conditions. Coast Guard units from Oysterhaven, Kinsale, Summercove and Crosshaven were also tasked.

Due to a south westerly surge, it proved challenging to veer the lifeboat in, so a decision was made to hold position and send two crew members into the water and swim to the base of the cliff.

With the help of the Coast Guard units and a specialist dog tracker unit that was on the dogs’ collars, two dogs who were uninjured were rescued and reunited with their owners shortly after midday at Oysterhaven Coast Guard station.

Speaking following the call out, Kinsale RNLI Helm Jonathan Connor said: ‘This was a multi-agency response from our volunteers and our colleagues in the Coast Guard. Unfortunately, one of the three dogs involved died but we were glad to be able to reunite the two others with their owners.

‘We would remind dog owners to ensure to look after their own personal safety and don’t get into danger trying to attempt a rescue themselves. We would advise keeping dogs on a lead if close to cliff edges. If your dog does go over a cliff and into the water or gets stuck in mud, don't go in after them. Instead move to a place your dog can get to safely and call their name and they may get out by themselves. If you're worried about your dog, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.’

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RNLI/Joanna Daly

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