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Monday 14 October 2019

Man proves to be dog's best friend after cliff plunge

Volunteer RNLI crew members Nick Searls and Ian Fitzgerald who rescued Koda who fell off a cliff in Sandycove, Co Cork
Volunteer RNLI crew members Nick Searls and Ian Fitzgerald who rescued Koda who fell off a cliff in Sandycove, Co Cork

Ralph Riegel

MAN'S best friend has learned that a dog's own best buddy is an RNLI volunteer.

Koda, a pedigree husky, can testify to that fact after owing her life to Cork RNLI volunteers Nick Searls and Ian Fitzgerald

Koda was inspecting the coastline around Sandycove, outside Kinsale, when she got too close to the edge and slipped over the cliff.

The dog landed in water with a strong current that swept her more than 100 metres out to sea despite her desperate struggles to reach the shore.

A jagged reef also meant that her owner, Sally Anne Baggy, couldn't get close enough to help drag the struggling dog from the water.

Luckily, two Kinsale RNLI volunteers were at the scene within minutes, and realised the danger facing the terrified dog.

Nick Searls dived into the heavy seas and swam over 200 metres to reach the now-floundering animal.

He managed to attach a harness and was able to swim slowly back to shore, dragging the weakened Koda with him.

Nick was then assisted by safety line out of the sea by Ian Fitzgerald.

Koda was immediately taken to a Kinsale vet, who said that, despite being exhausted and shocked, the dog was none the worse for her ordeal.

Irish Independent

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