Irish family reunited with missing dog Gertie after dramatic 40ft cliff rescue
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Irish family reunited with missing dog Gertie after dramatic 40ft cliff rescue

AN Irish family have been reunited with their beloved dog after she was rescued from a 40ft cliff by the Irish Coast Guard.

The D'Arcy family from Stradbally in Co. Waterford appealed for help to find Gertie after she went missing last week.

The family originally feared that Gertie may have been the victim of a theft.

The dog was finally spotted on Wednesday afternoon by a sharp-eyed member of the Irish Coast Guard, Bill Crowley.

He found Gertie while checking the cliff path at Ballyvooney in Co. Waterford, where the family were visiting, and descended down a dangerous ledge to take a further look.

After Gertie was spotted, a rescue effort quickly got under way.

Local GAA club Stradbally posted updates on Facebook as Coast Guard volunteers came to the dog’s rescue.

Gertie was eventually saved from the cliff edge before being reunited with her beloved family a short time later thanks to the professional work of the rescue team.

After the rescue, Stradbally GAA said: “Gertie is home safe and sound, not a dry eye in parish.

“Well done to everyone who helped locate her, especially Billy Crowley who went above and beyond the call of duty to locate her.

“Billy located her after he gave up his time to walk the cliff edge and descend down a dangerous ledge just to have a look to see if he could see anything and to all our surprise he found Gertie! Somebody was watching over her!

“The community is indebted to the Coast Guard who recovered Gertie, these dedicated men and women are a credit to the country.”

Check out a video of Gertie's rescue below...


Posted by Stradbally GAA on Wednesday, March 8, 2017