A sheep farmer from Achill in Co. Mayo got into trouble after he became stuck at the base of a cliff following an attempt to rescue his dog, as reported in the mayonews.
The farmer, aged in his 60’s, got himself trapped at the base of a cliff near Cloughmore village at approximately 5pm on Friday, August 31st, after his dog fell over the cliff which is over 40 metres high. The farmer and the dog were herding sheep at the time, when the incident occurred.
The sheep farmer then took It upon himself to make an attempt to save his four-legged friend, but subsequently became trapped after climbing to the cliff’s bottom. The farmer had made contact with the local Coast Guard Unit, before climbing down the cliff himself. As he had climbed down, the Coast Guard Unit was unable to locate him.
The news was confirmed by a spokesperson for the Coast Guards, who said the man suffered no serious injuries.
“The man was in no immediate danger but there was no way he was getting out on his own. He was not getting out without being brought up on a rope or by the helicopter.” They said.
“When we arrived, we set up our climbing team to retrieve the casualty and his dog but the Sligo-based R118 (rescue helicopter) was returning from Shannon and diverted to the scene. When they arrived they were able to winch the man and his dog to safety without much difficulty,” the spokesperson continued.
The Coast Guard spokesperson then advised others to not rescue their pets if incidents like these occur in the future, as they could endanger their own lives.
“The man should have waited for us but didn’t and we had to rescue them. We would not normally rescue pets or animals but we are trained and if it stops people endangering themselves, we will do it. We will rescue anyone, no matter how unusual the situation is,” they concluded.
Picture Credit - Michael Gismo