IT was a tail with a happy ending after Coastguard rescuers used a hammer and chisel to cut away rock and free a dog called ‘Leo’ which had become trapped.
A video posted on social media by the Coastguard showed ‘Leo’ the Cocker Spaniel watching on patiently with not as much as a whimper as rescuers cut through rock to get the pooch out whilst taking great care not to harm the dog in the process.
A Coastguard spokesperson said that at 11am on Friday they received a report from an off duty Coastguard Rescue Officer of a dog trapped in rocks at Whitepark Bay on the north coast
Ballycastle and Coleraine Coastguard Rescue Teams went to the scene.
The spokesperson added: “The dog had fallen and become trapped in a fissure in the cliff. The teams were able to safely access the dog’s location and, after a little excavation, the unfortunate animal was freed unharmed and reunited with its owner.
“HM Coastguard are responsible for rope rescue along the entire UK coastline. The teams will rescue domestic animals who have fallen to prevent their owners getting into difficulty trying to self-rescue their pets.
“We urge all dog owners to keep their pets on a lead while walking near cliffs. If your pet gets into difficulty, do not attempt a rescue yourself. Call 999 Coastguard.”