RSPCA officers swim to secluded cove to rescue trapped sheep

By Dylan Davies in Emergency Services

RSPCA officers have staged a dramatic rescue of a sheep trapped on a secluded section of coastline near Trefor.

Breathtaking footage, largely recorded on action cameras, shows RSPCA officers swimming out to the cove to complete the amazing rescue.

The four-person rescue took place on 10 May, in Trefor, on the north coast of the Llyn Peninsula – and demonstrates the incredible lengths the charity will go to rescue animals, and protect their welfare.

RSPCA inspectors Mike Pugh, Mark Roberts, Phil Lewis and Jenny Anderton undertook the rescue.

The sheep was moving between a shingle mound, and a cave, and had to be rescued from a tight crevasse within the cave; before the sheep was carefully placed into a bag and winched to safe land.

Fortunately, the sheep was found to be unharmed, and was safely released.

Inspector Mike Pugh said: “This was a dramatic rescue, which required significant planning and utilisation of RSPCA resources.

“Even though the tide was completely out at the time of the rescue, the cove and cave were only accessible from the sea, or via abseiling – so we had to swim out to access the sheep.

“Once we were able to get to her, she was safely put into a bag and lifted up the cliff to safety. It was an amazing rescue to be involved in.”

Inspector Mark Roberts added: “This poor sheep had no access to suitable food, and would have been in real trouble had we not been able to complete this rescue.

“Fortunately, despite her ordeal, the sheep was unharmed and happily ran off when released back on safe land.

“Helping farm animals is a big part of RSPCA Cymru’s work, and this rescue shows what our inspectorate will do to help animals in need.”

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