Friday 2 December 2016

Coast Guard rescues dog after cliff plunge

Sarah Jane Murphy

Published 11/01/2016 | 02:30

Kevin Morrissey of the Howth Coast Guard rescuing Hooch, who was trapped on sea cliffs at Balscaden on Howth Head
Kevin Morrissey of the Howth Coast Guard rescuing Hooch, who was trapped on sea cliffs at Balscaden on Howth Head

A pet dog was dramatically rescued after he plunged 15 metres off Howth Head.

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'Hooch' slipped and fell into the water while out walking at the scenic spot at noon yesterday, but managed to clamber his way back up the rocks at Balscaden where he became trapped.

His barks were heard by walkers and paddle boarders who were able to alert Howth Coast Guard to his exact location.

A rescue climber, Kevin Morrissey, was lowered down and the stranded canine was placed in an animal rescue bag. Both 'Hooch' and his rescuer were hauled to safety.

"He began to bark when the climber arrived," said Howth-based rescuer Robin Blandford.

"A younger dog could have become alarmed at the sight of the climber, and maybe have gotten into further difficulty, but Hooch was old enough and wise enough to stay put."

The dog was said to be slightly shaken by the ordeal but otherwise is in good spirits.

It is estimated the rescue operation took between 15 and 30 minutes.

Irish Independent

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