A DOG in Co Dublin has been given ‘paws’ for thought after a narrow escape saw him rescued from a sea cliff by the Irish Coast Guard.
Freddie fell 10 metres while out on a walk alongside the cliffs at Red Rock in Sutton with his owners.
Responding to an emergency call, a Coast Guard Cliff Rescue team from Howth was soon on the scene to rescue the dog, who had ended up trapped on a sea cliff.
A heights rescue was quickly set up with a specialist climber lowered down to Freddie who remained in good spirits throughout the operation.
The dog was then lowered down to the beach below where he enjoyed an emotional reunion with his relieved owners.
Miraculously, despite the fall, Freddie suffered no serious injuries.
Rescue climbers from Howth Coast Guard were this evening called to a dog that had fallen 10m from a cliff edge in Sutton.
”Freddie" 🐶 the dog luckily escaped unharmed.
If you see someone in trouble on the cliffs, don’t hesitate, dial 999 and ask for the Coast Guard pic.twitter.com/IlbC3mkDQ4
— Irish Coast Guard - Howth (@howthcoastguard) May 16, 2021
The coast guard praised his owners for following the correct protocol by calling 999 rather than attempting to rescue the dog themselves.
“We encourage the public to contact the coast guard if they see people attempt a rescue on the cliffs," a statement said.
Freddie’s near-miss also serves as an important reminder that dogs should ideally be kept on their leads when travelling along coastlines, due to the obvious dangers presented.
Talk about a ‘ruff’ day…