Howth and Skerries Coast Guard came to the rescue of Wizz the dog after he fell from a clifftop in Rush on Tuesday.

A cliff rescue team sprang into action after the alarm was raised by the dog’s distraught owner, with one climber abseiling down to reach the stricken family pet.

The animal was winched to safety and reunited with his relieved owner – and the rescue climber found himself with a new life-long friend.

A Coast Guard spokesman said: “Wizz the dog was out walking when he accidentally stumbled and fell 10 metres down a sharp cliff face along the Rush coast.

“Wizz’s owner did the right thing and did not attempt to climb to the aid of the stranded dog, but immediately called 112 instead and asked for the Coast Guard.

‘Quickly on scene’

“The cliff rescue team from Howth, along with their colleagues from Skerries Coast Guard unit, were quickly on the scene, and a rescue climber found himself with a new friend.”

It’s just the latest incident in a busy summer season for the Howth Coast Guard unit, which was called out 16 times during the month of July alone.

On July 3, they rescued a person stranded on Lambay Island, and two days later they were called to assist the occupants of a car which was stuck in sand at Dollymount Beach.

On July 12, a walker who became stuck in mud at Baldoyle Estuary was rescued, and three days later, the unit was tasked to assist in searching for a missing child on Portmarnock Beach.

The Howth unit was also involved in a dramatic rescue on Portmarnock beach on July 22 after a child was washed out to sea on an inflatable.