A team of officers from RSPCA Cymru have successfully rescued a sheep precariously positioned on a cliff ledge near Trearddur Bay on Anglesey last week Friday (14 March).

Sheep rescued from cliff © RSPCAThe sheep had very little room to move on the narrow ledge with a sheer drop into the sea below.

The dangerous rope rescue involved the team abseiling down the cliff face and trying to secure the sheep in an animal bag.

Chief Inspector Helen Mead explained:

“Unfortunately the sheep did jump away a couple of times forcing the team to reset the belay and go down another part of the cliff.


“At one point the sheep even managed to jump into the sea but thanks to two  swift water team members, she was caught and winched up.


Inspector abseiling down cliff © RSPCA“This was one definitely of the more challenging rescues we have had.”

The rescue, which took over four hours, was carried out by Chief Inspector Helen Mead, and inspectors Mike Pugh, Andy Broadbent, Mark Roberts and Chris Dunbar, all of whom are experienced in rope and water rescues.

Happily the sheep was unharmed by her adventure and she was returned to her flock.

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