Emergency services / Spaniel rescued by coastguard volunteers

The Baltasound and Mid Yell teams at the cliff top. Photos: Faye Cox/Baltasound coastguard rescue team

COASTGUARD rescue volunteers came to the aid of a dog which had become stuck 40ft down cliffs in the north of Unst on Tuesday evening.

Rope rescue technician Bill Priest with Blue.

Rescue teams from Baltasound, Mid Yell, Hillswick and Lerwick were tasked around 6pm after reports of a spaniel called Blue going over the banks at Burrafirth.


The Baltasound and Mid Yell teams attended first and they managed to use rope to rescue Blue in the dark conditions, which was returned to its owners – tourists visiting Unst – “happy and well”.

The Hillswick and Lerwick crews were stood down before they arrived.

Baltasound coastguard rescue team officer in charge Derek Jamieson said: “This was quite a challenging location for the team to perform the rescue.

“The cliff top was very narrow and as such we had to adapt our normal equipment setup to ensure we could affect the rescue safely. Coastguard rescue technician Bill Priest descended the cliff face and was greeted by Blue with very many friendly licks. We were pleased to be able to assist Blue’s owners in bring him back up the cliff safely.”