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In pictures: Lifeboat crew scale cliff to rescue sheep in Cork

It was a baa-d situation… but it ended happily.

SOMETIMES BAD THINGS happen to good sheep. But luckily for this animal which got stranded on a rock ledge, a local lifeboat crew were around to rescue it.

The sheep had been trapped on the ledge at Eastern Hole near Baltimore in Cork for two days, and several attempts had already been made to rescue it.

But yesterday the Baltimore RNLI lifeboat crew set out to help. Two of the crew climbed the rocks to rescue the animal, which was then hauled into the waiting lifeboat and to safety.

“It was certainly not the usual type callout for the lifeboat crew,” operations manager Tom Bushe said.

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.  We’ve rescued many people before but a sheep is a little different.

Here’s how the rescue mission unfolded:

In pictures: Lifeboat crew scale cliff to rescue sheep in Cork
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All photos: Baltimore RNLI

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