Dog rescued after falling from cliffs

The yacht aground near Ardwell
The yacht aground near Ardwell

Kirkcudbright RNLI crews, coastguard and Police Scotland officers were all called on to help an injured dog after it fell from cliffs last weekend.

Initially believing a person had fallen into the water, emergency crews were sent to the scene at Balcary Bay on the Stewartry coast.

However, it soon became apparent it was a young dog that had been chasing a seagull when it toppled over the cliff edge onto the rocks below.

The dog’s owner had managed to climb down the cliff to reach the animal, which had sustained an injury to its leg .

Kirkcudbright RNLI was launched at 2.20pm along with Kippford RNLI, Kirkcudbright Coastguard and Police Scotland.

The terrified dog eventually calmed down and allowed the volunteer RNLI crews to assist in transferring it to the Kippford lieboat and from there, it was taken to the vet by its owner where it was treated for its injury.

Kirkcudbright RNLI was also launched to assist an eight-metre yacht that had run aground on Ardwall Island near Gatehouse last Tuesday.

An early morning distress call from the Freya 2 sent the crews hurtling to help the boat and its owner from Lancashire, who had spent an hour trying to deter the Yacht from the rocks of the island.

An unsuccessful attempt was made to refloat the boat later before crews transferred the man to shore and handed the case over to the coastguard.

There was a confusion of the yacht’s location and St Bees RNLI was also tasked but soon stood down.