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Coastguard's incredible rescue of pet dog after it slipped off Co Down cliff edge

Published 05/01/2016

This is the incredible moment a pet dog was rescued after it slipped over the edge of a cliff and became trapped in Co Down.

On Monday night a Coastguard team of more than eight rescuers were met with difficult boggy conditions which caused considerable problems for them getting near the location.

The terrier had slipped over the edge of a cliff on the Ballyhornan coastal path near Sheepland.

The pup then became trapped on a ledge.

The teams had to carry their rope rescue cliff equipment more than a mile to get to the PSNI and the owners of the dog on the scene.

Just after 6pm a full risk assessment was carried out and the team got set up and lowered a cliff tech over the cliff.

The teams from Newcastle and Kilkeel Coastguard recovered the dog and reunited him with his thankful owners.

The dog's owner watched the rescue and was delighted when cliff tech Eamon Rooney brought the terrier back to the cliff top.

It was a busy day for the Coastguard teams as it came just a few hours after the Kilkeel team were tasked to Newry to help with the transfer of a female horse rider who had been thrown from her horse and suffered spinal injuries.

IRCG Rescue HELO 116 airlifted the rider from Tollymore where she had been attended to by Mourne Mountain Rescue.

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