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15th Aug 2023

Dog is rescued from sandbank on Sligo beach

Katy Thornton

Buddy was returned to his owner, safe and sound.

On Sunday August 13, Sligo Bay RNLI’s volunteer crew were called to the scene where a dog had become stranded on a sandbank at Culleenamore near Strandhill in Ballisodare Bay.

According to their website, the dog, Buddy, had been on a walk with his owner, and swam too far out, eventually reaching a sandbank. Unable to swim back to the shore, the owner called the Coast Guard to assist in rescuing his dog.

Once dispatched, the crew reached the sandbank, but initially struggled to get Buddy into the rescue boat as he was very nervous.

After a few hours, the owner’s son put on a life jacket and kayaked to where Buddy was stranded, eventually coaxing the dog into the boat. The pup was then reunited with his owner just over three hours after initially being stranded.

One of the volunteers said the following about the rescue mission:

“As a dog owner, my skills were tested to their limits today. Not as straight forward as we all thought it would be, but it was great to eventually reunite Buddy with this owner.”

Images via RNLI via Aisling Gillen


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