Members of Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue team were called in by the police yesterday to help a dog that had fallen off a crag and become stranded in a Bacup quarry.
Wilson the dog had run off from his owner and had fallen off a crag at Lee Quarry.
“We were quickly deployed to the quarry and a rope team was immediately set up,” said a rescue team spokesman. “Team members and a stretcher were then lowered down the crag to rescue the dog.
“A short time later, team members placed the dog on a stretcher and lifted it up to safety.
“Once at the top, the team loaded the dog onto one of the team vehicles and then transported him straight to the local vets.”
Wilson’s owner said: “I really cannot put in to words how grateful I am for the support the team has given today. Wilson wouldn’t have the fighting chance that he has if it wasn’t thanks to these guys. All volunteers giving their own time to save lives.
“Wilson is in a stable condition. Making slow improvements and, miraculously, the initial X-Ray hasn’t highlighted any breaks or fractures. He has some blood on the lungs and a bit of air surrounding them, but all in all after taking a 60-70ft leap of faith he’s been very lucky so far... Fingers and toes crossed he’ll make further improvements.”
Reascue team Leader Pete Goble stated: “We are glad we could help Wilson. It didn’t look too good when we arrived - he was very poorly, after several minutes of petting and some off the cuff medical aid he started to open his eyes. Tough little chap! We all hope that he makes a full recovery.”
Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue Team (RPMRT) is a registered charity made up entirely of volunteers who are called out through the 999 system and carry out search and rescue duties over 350 square miles of East Lancashire, Pendle, Rossendale and parts of Greater Manchester. They ork alongside Lancashire Constabulary, Greater Manchester Police, North West Ambulance Service, and Lancashire and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Services, as well as helping out neighbouring teams as requested.