A sheep has been successfully winched to safety by RSPCA Cymru rescuers after becoming stuck 100 feet down sea cliffs in the Gower.
A RSPCA rope rescue team was mobilised on Tuesday 27 March after the sheep was spotted down the steep sea cliffs between Mewslade Bay and Fall Bay.
RSPCA inspector Nic de Celis said: “The rescue was particularly challenging as the sheep was really far down and not directly below an area that we could use for our usual rope rescue set up.
“We therefore had to set three separate rope systems up – which is two more than usual – so those working at the top of the cliff were able to do so safely and it meant we could also haul the sheep up at 90 degrees further along the cliff.
“Inspectors Vicky Taylor and Mark Roberts abseiled down the cliff and I was with inspector Rohan Barker and Selina Griffiths at the top where we hauled the sheep up once it was safely in the bag.”
The sheep – which was uninjured – was released at the top and happily walked away.
Inspector de Celis added: “It was an extremely challenging rope rescue as the sheep was in such a difficult location and I don’t think the photos and video we captured really convey the scale and perspective.
“Coincidentally we had our annual rope refresher training organised for the same day at Three Cliffs Bay, so we had a rope rescue team ready to go along with a climbing expert.”
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