Monday 20th July 2009
At 2pm a two-year old black Patterdale terrier called Tess chased a rabbit under the fence surrounding the Old Grit Pumping shaft (South Shropshire) and fell approximately 40m (130ft.) down the shaft into water.
Luckily she managed to climb out the water onto a ledge or small inset and could be heard barking.
The alarm was raised and the RSPCA and Shropshire Fire & Rescue Service attended the scene.
Assistance of MCRO was requested at 5.30pm and seven team members from the club responded.
All team members and equipment were on site and ferried across the fields to the shaft by 7.45pm.
The shaft was rigged and team member Alan Robinson volunteered to descend the shaft to recover Tess. When he reached the bottom the dog was in a frightened state, barking, running around, and nipping at his hand when he got too close, so it took some time to coax her into a large sand bag!
Once secured in the bag she was quickly hauled to surface and reunited with her owner. Tired, but unhurt she had a couple of biscuits and a check-up from the RSPCA before heading for home.
The shaft was de-rigged and equipment packed away by 9.30pm.
Report by: Kelvin Lake
Picture 1: Alan Robinson, Andy Harris and Vicky Robinson rigging the pitch.
Picture: Kelvin Lake - I.A.Recordings.
Picture 2: View from the pitch head, showing the hauling ropes, safety line and SRT rope (belayed to the farmers truck), with Club members and Firefighters ready to haul.
Picture: Andy Wood.