Lucky dog rescued after 50m fall
Published 03/04/2010 | 05:00
AN adventurous pooch got more than he bargained for after tumbling 50 metres down a cliff before being reunited with his owner after a daring rescue.
It is no surprise that of the only two dog-rescues conducted by the Howth Coast Guard team in Dublin, both have involved exuberant and energetic springer spaniels.
Dog and mistress were out walking along the cliff path at Drumleck Point on Howth Head just before noon yesterday when the sprightly spaniel managed to get away from his owner.
With wet conditions underfoot, it is thought the pooch might have slipped over the edge of the cliff and fell to the base, where he then found himself trapped and unable to climb out.
Despite his massive tumble, the dog was miraculously unharmed.
His worried owner telephoned local gardai who were quickly on the scene.
However, it was clear that the gully was too steep and dangerous for them to attempt a rescue so the Coast Guard's cliff rescue team was drafted in.
Two members of the team used ropes to negotiate the cliff and found the stranded dog in good health and walking around but eager to get out.
They then attached a special dog harness to the animal and he was carefully hoisted to the top, where he was reunited with his relieved owner.