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Dog Rescued From Lake District Mountains After Four-Hour Ordeal

A dog has been rescued from the Lake District mountains, after getting trapped underground beneath a large boulder, 20 feet up a rocky outcrop.

The small terrier got stuck on Sunday afternoon in the Bowderstone Pinnacle area, when the Keswick Mountain Rescue team was called in after several hours' of unsuccessful digging by the group of walkers the dog belonged to.

After four hours of rescue attempts, the dog was lifted to safety after making his way inside a makeshift rescue container, made from one of the team's rope storage bags.

A team spokesman said: "The caller had been digging by hand for some hours and had managed to make a small gap and could see the dog, but even lying on his stomach, head down in the gap, it was still way below him. 

"The team arrived with work tools, and once happy about the stability of the location, excavated the floor to gain better access."

That however, only revealed further difficulties.

The spokesman continued: "This then revealed the second problem: the route to the dog was restricted by a rock lip, giving a gap only just big enough for some of the smaller team members to get their heads through. 

"On inspection, they confirmed the dog was tucked away five feet down and to the right of this location. After further digging, we could work closer to the rock lip, and then the team quickly discovered the Borrowdale basalt was resistant to any attempt made to reshape it.

"After this, several attempts were made to lower a net to the floor and get the dog to move onto it to be hauled up. 

"The wonderfully compliant dog did as it was told but when the net was hauled the dog kept rolling off.

"Nearly four hours after the team was alerted, we were working out alternative strategies and timescales, when another attempt was made using one of the team’s rope bags, suspended horizontally on two ropes and with a small piece of karrimat inside, to keep it open, it was lowered to the 6-inch wide floor. 

"Again the dog was told by the owner’s brother to get inside, all went silent, ropes were taken in and slowly the yellow rope bag appeared at the rock lip, and inside a little dog face looked out. 

"The gap by the rock lip was so narrow it wasn’t possible to bring the dog and the bag though in one, so after very carefully extracting the dog it was brought through the gap and out to a very relieved owner and team. 

"This is not the normal type of rescue we do, but the team was formed to benefit both humans and animals, so we are always happy to help those in need."

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