The volunteer crew of Abersoch RNLI lifeboat were called into action last week after a diver reported a foal falling down a steep cliff near Porth Ceiriad in Wales.

Graham Eaton, a local diver, spotted the distressed animal caught on rocks at the bottom of a 20ft cliff last Friday and called for help.

When the lifeboat arrived he swam over to the foal with a member of the lifeboat crew and using a piece of kelp as a halter, helped the animal over the treacherous rocks and into the sea. The two men then swam with the foal to the lifeboat and lifted it on board.

Back at the Abersoch Lifeboat Station the foal was examined and found to be unscathed apart from two grazed knees.

The lifeboat crew gave the tiny foal a drink of water from an RNLI fundraising bucket before it was united with its relieved owner and taken back to its mother.

“The foal must have been grazing near the cliff edge and tumbled off”, said RNLI spokesperson Anna Wardley. “I don’t expect it enjoyed its trip in the lifeboat — the small offshore boats tend to move around a lot.”

Graham Eaton praised the RNLI crew for saving the foal: “The rescue went really well and the RNLI crew were fantastic. The foal was very lucky – I think they’ll have to rename her Sea Biscuit.”

Photos by Gordon Eaton