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|Posted on November 19, 2014 at 12:20 PM|
Tramore RNLI was involved in a rescue operation with a difference recently when they worked alongside Tramore Coast Guard and Waterford Animal Welfare to bring a stranded bull to safety after he had fallen from a cliff and taken refuge on a rocky ledge.
The drama unfolded after 5pm on Sunday evening (16 November) when local Gardaí contacted Tramore RNLI to inform them that a bull had fallen from a cliff near well known local landmark, the metal man, and had swam to a rocky ledge near Newton cove, a few hundred metres away.
Tramore RNLI were joined by the local Coast Guard unit on shore and Wateford Animal Welfare were contacted for their advice. The RNLI and Coast Guard crews tried to approach the bull but his position was hard to access in fading light and rising tides and it was deemed by all present that it was too difficult to carry out a rescue at that time. It was decided to wait until the following morning before trying again.
At first light the next morning Tramore Coast Guard contacted the Tramore RNLI lifeboat crew and along with Andrew Quinn from Waterford Animal Welfare they were on scene in minutes with a plan to bring the bull to safety. A rope was secured to the animal by a member of the Coast Guard team and passed to the lifeboat. The oars of the lifeboat were used to gently usher the bull down off his rocky ledge and into the water. Once there he started swimming and came alongside the lifeboat before being guided by the crew and Andrew into a nearby cove.
Conditions at the time were calm and the bull was able to exit the water unaided to be met with his owner.
Commenting on the unusual callout Tramore RNLI Helm Dave O’Hanlon said, ‘ We have a bit of a history here in Tramore RNLI with animals. Over the last few years we have gone out to a calf, a whale, a dolphin and a group of puppies. We are pleased that the animal was not too distressed by the ordeal and that working with our colleagues in the other services we were able to render assistance and bring about a happy outcome.
Our thoughts were to try help the poor animal but also to prevent anyone trying to carry out a rescue themselves without the correct advice or equipment. Bulls are very strong and could easily cause an injury. I was also surprised to learn they are good swimmers too!’
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