The Coast Guard had an unusual call-out last week when a six-day-old search for a cherished family pet had a purrfect ending.
Family members of 'Ziggy' had been searching frantically for almost a week after the cat disappeared from her home in Drogheda, Co Louth.
Desperate to find their beloved cat, they finally called on members of the local Coast Guard to help last Monday.
"The family had looked everywhere and asked us to have a look around our station, which we were more than happy to do," explained Coast Guard member Sharyn Mee.
"During our search, we heard a cat crying in a derelict building attached to the station.
"She obviously got in somehow and then got trapped.
"We freed Ziggy and although she was understandably very hungry and dehydrated, she wasn't hurt after her six-day ordeal.
"In a world consumed by the coronavirus, it is lovely to have a good, happy story to report on," added Sharyn.
Ziggy's owner, Dee Walsh, said the family were delighted to have their pet back safe and sound.
"I'm really grateful to the Drogheda Coast Guard for finding and rescuing Ziggy," she said.
"She was missing for six days and we were frantic with worry.
"We searched the area every day, posted flyers and put appeals out on social media but no one had seen her.
"We are delighted to have her back home now," she added.