Lough Swilly RNLI rescue sheep trapped on ledge at Leenan Head

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Lough Swilly RNLI rescued a sheep yesterday afternoon after it fell approximately 200 feet from a cliff.

The alarm was raised at 4.30pm when three local fishermen spotted the animal stranded on a ledge in a ravine at Leenan Head with no means of escape.

Weather conditions at the time were described as good with a flat calm sea.

Once on scene, the volunteer lifeboat crew were met by the fishermen who pointed to where the distressed sheep was located. A kayaker who had also arrived on scene, first paddled in close to the cliff in an attempt to encourage the animal back up the hill.

With this failing to work, the lifeboat crew and the kayaker proceeded to enter the water and make their way towards the sheep where they safely caught her and gently placed her in the kayak before transferring her into the lifeboat.