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Three-day cliff rescue mission ongoing after sheep ‘possibly scared by a dog’

The sheep are said to be trapped at Mathry, Pembrokeshire, between 70 and 80 metres high.

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A three-day rescue operation to return about 60 sheep trapped on a cliff edge after they were scared by a dog has been withheld due to treacherous weather.

 

Teams from the Mid and West Fire and Rescue Service, Dyfed’s Powys Police’s rural crime team and the RSPCA have been working since Monday (April 1) to rescue the sheep, which they said had been ‘possibly scared over by a dog’.

 

The sheep are said to be trapped at Mathry, Pembrokeshire, between 70 and 80 metres high, with the operation expected to take ‘a few more days’.

 

Rescue teams have so far abseiled down the sea cliff, rescuing and bagging sheep, as well as rescuing sheep lower down the cliff via boats.


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RSPCA animal welfare officer Andrew Harris, who has been leading the operation, said although the team was making progress, the challenging location along with the difficult weather conditions had made it a ‘tough task’.

 

He said: “On Monday about 40 sheep were successfully rescued and on Tuesday three sheep were taken to safety.

 

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“Tuesday’s weather conditions made the operation a much more difficult task. A couple of sheep that were able to, were coaxed up the cliff themselves as well.

 

“Today the weather is pretty treacherous so we are currently monitoring the situation to see if any rescues can take place.”

Station manager Steve Richards of Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said the animals would have died if not helped by the RSPCA and fire service.

 

He added: “The sheep rescue has involved 10 fire service personnel, which consisted of the Level 3 rope rescue team from Pontardawe and support by an on call supervisor and a Level 2 rope rescue team from Haverfordwest.

 

“The operation is very challenging due to the exposed location of the sheep on a steep cliff face.”

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If you would like some of these signs, please send a stamped, self-addressed A4 envelope to

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Unit 4, Fulwood Business Park,

Preston, Lancashire,

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