Fire crews rescue puppy trapped after 20ft fall

A line rescue unit for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are working to free a dog trapped 20ft down Roslin Glen Gorge. Picture: Michael Gillen
A line rescue unit for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are working to free a dog trapped 20ft down Roslin Glen Gorge. Picture: Michael Gillen
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SPECIALIST rescue teams have managed to pull to safety a five-month old puppy trapped after falling 20ft down a gorge.

The line rescue team from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service were called out to Roslin Glen Gorge after colleagues tried and failed to reach the distressed animal.

It is understood the five-month old Cocker Spaniel has fallen 20ft down the sheer face of the gorge and become trapped, with high water levels caused by recent heavy rain adding to the difficulties faced in reaching the animal.

The team had to carefully prepare for the rescue, setting up men at different points down the river in case anyone fell in the rushing water.

And after setting up the line rescue they were able to safely retrieve the puppy and re-unite it with its owners.

A Scottish Fire spokeswoman said: “We were called to a report of a trapped dog at around 11.40am this morning, and a crew attended to assess the situation.

“After they were unable to reach the animal they called for the line rescue unit. This was a difficult operation, as the five-month old puppy had fallen down a sheer rock-face and the river was in spate, meaning firefighters had to be positioned along the water in case anything went wrong.

“Once everything was in place crews were able to reach the dog and bring it back up safely.”