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Lucky escape for Ballyliffin sheepdog 23.08.21

GREENCASTLE Coast Guard were called out on Saturday evening to cliffs near Pollan Bay, Ballyliffin to rescue an 18 month old sheepdog called June.
The cliffs near Pollan Bay, Ballyliffin where June fell.
June and her owner, Pauric Doherty, had been rounding up sheep on fields near the coastline when the sheepdog made a wide pass and went too far and fell more than 60m off the cliff into the sea. Pauric could hear the dog barking but was unable to get to her. He contacted Malin Head Coast Guard, who immediately paged Greencastle.
Lucky sheepdog, June with John McColgan on the journey back to shore.
When the Greencastle Coast Guard team arrived on scene at Pollan beach they launched their 4.5m D Class inflatable rescue boat and travelled approximately 1km to where Pauric was standing on the top of the cliff. He guided the boat crew to where the dog was barking. The boat team got as close to the rocky gully as they could and crew member Kevin Barr swam in to where the dog was perched on a rocky ledge, he lifted the stranded collie in his arms and the two were pulled back to the boat by the other crew members. June was unharmed and was delighted to get the boat ride back to be reunited with her owner on the beach. A lucky escape after such a huge fall.
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