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Rescuers flock to save sheep trapped in Gwynedd cove

The rescue of a sheep trapped in a Gwynedd cove has been captured on film.

The footage, recorded on action cameras, shows RSPCA officers swimming out to a cove to complete the rescue.

The four-person rescue took place on 10 May, in Trefor, on the north coast of the Llŷn Peninsula.

The sheep was moving between a shingle mound, and a cave, and had to be rescued from a tight crevasse within the cave; before it was carefully placed into a bag and winched to safe land.

Fortunately, it was found to be unharmed, and was safely released.

This was a dramatic rescue, which required significant planning and utilisation of RSPCA resources.

Even though the tide was completely out at the time of the rescue, the cove and cave were only accessible from the sea, or via abseiling – so we had to swim out to access the sheep.

Once we were able to get to her, she was safely put into a bag and lifted up the cliff to safety. It was an amazing rescue to be involved in.

This poor sheep had no access to suitable food, and would have been in real trouble had we not been able to complete this rescue.

Helping farm animals is a big part of RSPCA Cymru's work, and this rescue shows what our inspectorate will do to help animals in need.

– Inspector Mark Roberts, RSPCA