#RNLI – An unusual rescue for Baltimore RNLI lifeboat, the crew launched on Tuesday night to a sheep that was stranded on a ledge close to sea level for two days.
Several attempts had already been made to recover the sheep when the lifeboat crew were asked if they could offer any assistance. The RNLI inshore lifeboat Bessie was launched with Helm Youen Jacob and lifeboat crew Ronan Callanan and Tadhg Colins, who made their way to Eastern Hole near Baltimore Harbour, to see if they could help in the recovery. Luckily a break in the weather made it possible for two of the lifeboat crew to climb the rocks and recover the animal. It was then transferred to the lifeboat and brought on the short journey back to the harbour.
Commenting on the callout, Baltimore RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager Tom Bushe said, "It was certainly not the usual type callout for the lifeboat crew but we were happy to help. Nobody wants to see any animal in distress and we were also worried that people would themselves get into difficulty trying to recover it. The crew waited for a break in the bad weather and then went in and scaled the rocks to recover the sheep. We've rescued many people before but a sheep is a little different."