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Unusual Rescue for Search & Rescue Team
& Weardale Search & Rescue Team were called out to one of their more unusual
rescues on Sunday afternoon. Three sheep had been reported by a dog walker stuck
on a ledge 10mts up a quarry face in Bollihope Quarry, Frosterley, Weardale Co.
Durham. The sheep had been on the ledge since at least Saturday morning. Durham
& Darlington Fire & Rescue Service attended on Saturday evening and after
consulting with the farmer and the RSPCA it was decided to leave the sheep overnight
to see if they could get down themselves. The sheep were still on the ledge on
Sunday morning so it was decided to call out the Search & Rescue Team later
in the day to recover the sheep.
Team Controller Adam Hearn said "When
we arrived two of the sheep had disappeared, we can only assume they managed to
get down safely themselves. Unfortunately a lamb did not have the same courage
so we needed to recover it. Two team members were lowered to the ledge and after
some difficulty managed to catch the lamb, secure it to a harness and then the
rescuer and the lamb were lowered to the ground. After a quick check the lamb
seemed non the worse for wear and wanded off. We even got a round of applause
from the sizable crowd who had gathered to watch.
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& Weardale Search & Rescue Team
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