Lambs found alive by firefighters after days trapped in mineshaft

A number of lambs which had blundered into a disused mineshaft have been rescued by firefighters.

Sunday, 28th March 2021, 11:21 am
Some of the rescued lambs

The drama onfolded at about 6.30pm on Friday, when the fire brigade was called by a farmer whose lambs had gone missing.

They had not been seen for three days.

The NI Fire and Rescue Service said the incident happened at the Cushendall Road, to the north-east of Ballymena.

In a statement is said: “Crews from Ballymoney station and the Specialist Rescue Team worked with the farm owner to rescue the lambs, using gas monitors and rope rescue equipment.

“A Firefighter entered the 12-metre shaft and retrieved the lambs, returning them safely to their grateful owners. The incident concluded at 19:46 hours.

“NIFRS would like to thank the lambs’ owners for showing restraint, not entering the mine shaft without proper equipment and calling the emergency services to perform the rescue.

“We would like to remind the public of the dangers of entering disused mines or sub surface work areas and advise people never to enter such locations.”

It issued the above pictures of the lambs (no caption details for the women holding them).

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