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RNLI heroes rescue cliff-fall husky

THEY say a dog is man's best friend but this husky found that the RNLI are hers.

Koda, a pedigree husky, owes her life to Cork RNLI volunteers Nick Searls and Ian Fitzgerald.

Koda was inspecting the coastline around Sandycove, Kinsale, Co Cork, last week when she slipped over a cliff.

The unfortunate dog landed in water with a strong current that swept her over 100m out to sea.

A jagged reef also meant that her owner, Sally Anne Baggy, couldn't get close to help her.

Luckily, the two volunteers were at the scene within minutes.

Nick Searls dived into the heavy seas and swam over 200m to reach Koda.



He managed to swim slowly back to shore, dragging the dog with him, and was then assisted by safety line out of the sea by Ian Fitzgerald.

Koda was taken to a Kinsale vet and has since made a full recovery.

The relieved owner paid an emotional tribute to the two men. But they insisted they were doing what any RNLI volunteer would do.

"The sea can be treacherous enough and the main thing is that Koda was brought ashore safe and well," Nick said.

"We were just glad that we could get there and help."

The heroic rescue was highlighted as President Michael D Higgins visited Courtmacsherry in Cork to pay tribute to the work of RNLI volunteers.