Lambs rescued from mine shaft outside Ballymena
Two lambs were rescued from a disused mine shaft on the Cushendall Road, outside Ballymena, by the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) on Friday evening. The lambs had been missing for three days and were described as ‘in distress’.
A Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue spokesperson said:
“NIFRS received a call at 18:24 hours on Friday 26 March to a report of missing Lambs that had entered a disused mine shaft on farm land.
“The lambs had been missing for three days and were in a distressed state.
“NIFRS 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.”
Firefighters praised the owners response to the situation.
“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.”