Four days is a long time for anything. Now, imagine being stuck on a tiny ledge above a raging ocean for four days with no means of escape.
A lamb, appropriately named Lucky, recently found himself in that very predicament.
“The sea has been really rough, so I really don’t know how he managed not to get washed into the sea,” Matt Relton of Odyssey Marine Adventure said.
Somehow Lucky ended up at the bottom of a 250-foot cliff near Holywell Bay in England.
One day while Relton and Pete Harrison, both of Odyssey Marine Adventure, were out conducting tours around the cliff near Holywell Bay, Cornwall, England, they spotted a four-legged creature perched on a ledge on the side of the cliff.
They were uncertain how the lamb ended up in the precarious position, but assumed he took a 250-foot tumble into the sea and managed to climb up the rocks.
“Goodness knows how he survived,” Relton said.
The two men called for help, but no one was able to reach the lamb.
Unfortunately, the angry sea didn’t allow for a swift rescue. Instead Harrison and Relton passed by the cliffside every day for four days to make sure the lamb, which they nicknamed Lucky, was still alive.
“With high spring tides, we feared he wouldn’t survive the next high tide,” Relton said.
After four days they were able to get relatively close to Lucky.
Finally, when the water was calm enough for them to maneuver their boat close enough to the edge of the rocks, they initiated their rescue.
Although Odyssey Marine Adventure led the rescue effort, they brought along Bob Coad, a local farmer who they thought would be better prepared to handle the frightened lamb.
With the boat as close as it could get, Coad climbed out of the vessel and made his way up to Lucky.
Coad braved the waters and slippery rocks to rescue Lucky.
After four long, uncertain days, Lucky was finally rescued.
“The farmer was able to get onto the ledge, grab Lucky and pass him down into the boat,” Relton said. “The sheep was super friendly and seemed to have good sea legs. He seemed delighted to be rescued.”