An RSPCA rescue of epic proportions resulted in three sheep being returned safely to a Cornwall farmer after they fell around 80 feet from a cliff in Penzance.

A team of 10 RSPCA officers from across the South West sprang into action on Monday (March 30) after being alerted to the sheep who were stuck at the bottom of Comando Ridge at Bosigran Farm in Pendeen.

An RSPCA officer abseils to the rescue RSPCA chief inspector John Pollack said: “It was technically and physically the toughest job I’ve done in my 18 years with the society. We all met up at 11.30 in the morning, and after a long trek to a safe position in what is a very dangerous area, three of us began the tricky task of abseiling down to the sheep.”

Four sheep originally fell down the cliff, but one sadly died. When the three inspectors got to the bottom, it was a race against time as the tide was starting to come in. They then had the tricky task of catching the sheep, and putting them in bags ready to be lifted to safety.

Mr Pollack added: “Lifting those sheep was physically draining for all of us, one of them was heavily pregnant too, which added to the weight, but to be able to get three of them back to safety and in the hands of the farmer was a great result.”

The 10 RSPCA officers from Bristol, Devon and Cornwall, and Somerset areas finally left the rescue site at around 8pm after a gruelling eight and a half hour rescue.

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