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Lamb rescued from rising tide!

This lucky lamb possibly floated 10 miles down a river before being rescued by the RSPCA and the RNLI.

A man fishing by Workington Harbour, in Cumbria, couldn’t believe it when he spotted the lamb swimming across the harbour, then climbing onto some rocks.  

Lifeboat deployed

He called the RSPCA, and when RSPCA Inspector Martyn Fletcher arrived he could see that the tide was coming in – there was no time to lose!

Martyn says: “It was clear this was a job for the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea.

Luckily, there’s a lifeboat station in Workington Harbour, so I rang them for help. They arrived very quickly!”

It didn’t take the heroic RNLI crew long to rescue the lamb – uninjured but soaking wet through – and take him safely back to the RNLI station.

Mystery journey…

But there was a mystery, where had the lamb come from? Martyn says: “The lamb’s ear tag linked him to a farmer 15 miles away, so I took him there in my van.

The farmer was really happy, but just couldn’t see how his lamb had ended up in the harbour at Workington unless he’d fallen in the beck that leads to the river, then the harbour.

“We can only say it’s a miracle he survived, and it’s thanks to the RNLI!”

Saving lives at sea

Gary Lawson, from Workington RNLI Lifeboat Station, says: “The RNLI is really here to save people, but we also help rescue animals, because sometimes people get into danger after going in the water to help an animal. We were more than happy to help the RSPCA – and are all very pleased to hear the lamb is now back home.”



Hello, I'm Christine and I'm part of the team who work on the Animal Action magazine. I've been at the RSPCA for quite a while and just love being part of such a great organisation. My most favourite animals are dogs and I have a soft spot for Westies.

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