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Lifeboat Recovers Cow After Fall From Antrim Cliff

23rd June 2013
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Red Bay RNLI rescue stranded calf in Cushendun, County Antrim
Lifeboat Recovers Cow After Fall From Antrim Cliff

#rnli –  Lifeboat crew with Red Bay RNLI have successfully recovered a calf after it fell down a cliff face yesterday afternoon. The alarm was raised at 1.45pm when a local farmer contacted Belfast Coastguard requesting assistance after one of his calves had fallen over a cliff and became stranded on a part of inaccessible coastline.

Red Bay RNLI lifeboat crew launched and located the calf near Cushendun in county Antrim. After assessing all options it was decided that the only way to recover the animal safely was take it in a harness and gently float it a short distance out to sea. Then it could be guided and brought ashore further up the coastline where the farmer could safely collect the animal.

The lifeboat crew returned to the station to collect more crew and equipment for the challenging recovery. The calf was carefully swaddled in a lifeboat trailer net and tethered to the lifeboat. The lifeboat crew then towed the animal slowly a quarter of a mile along to the coastline to safety and returned it to the relieved farmer.

Commenting on the unusual callout Red Bay RNLI lifeboat helm Paddy McLaughlin said, "This was not your usual callout for the lifeboat crew. When we heard the poor animal had fallen and was stranded, we felt we could help. With the RNLI you are trained for everything and we have great equipment. I'm not sure a lifeboat net has ever been used to recover an animal before, but there is a first time for everything. The calf did not seem to be injured after his fall and made his way back inland with the farmer after we dropped them off."

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RNLI Ireland Information

The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts.

The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and the Channel Islands.

The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,200 lives.

How many RNLI stations are there in Ireland?

46 stations

The RNLI currently operates from 46 stations in the Republic and Northern Ireland. Different classes of lifeboat are needed for various locations. So RNLI lifeboats are divided into two category types: all-weather and inshore.

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