Sunday 8 December 2019

Walk in the park for coastguard as they rescue puppy from cliff

Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

IT was one of the more unusual rescue calls the coastguard has dealt with - when puppy Trixie got stuck on the side of a cliff yesterday.

Around noon yesterday the Irish Coast Guard Operations centre received a call that Trixie, a one year old Springer Spaniel Pup was trapped on the side of a Cliff at Deer Park on Howth Head.

While out walking Trixie had managed to run away from her owner and fell down about 10 feet to a narrow ledge, below the ledge was a further 30 feet steep drop to the ground.

Her worried owner was unable to get to her and became very concerned for her safety, and the Coast Guard Cliff Rescue team from Howth were requested to assist.

The team arrived on the scene a short time later.

One of the Rescue Climbers, Robin Blandford, was lowered to the dog.

Trixie was in a distressed state when Blandford arrived on the ledge, and initially refused to approach him.

However the rescue worker manager to gain the dog's trust and was eventually able to winch her to safety.

Trixie was completely uninjured and reunited with her delighted owner.

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