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11th December 2012 RESCUE TEAMS HELP WITH DOG RESCUE
Teesdale & Weardale Search & Mountain Rescue Team were involved in a protracted attempt to rescue a dog trapped underground on Monday night. The Team were contacted by gamekeepers from Raby Estates after one of their dogs had followed a fox into a limestone escarpment on the fell above Club Gill Farm north on Middleton in Teesdale on Friday. The fox ran out of another entrance but the dog did not follow. Despite the gamekeepers leaving food the terrier did not escaped from the network of limestone passages.
Pete Bell, Rescue Team Leader said "Initially we sent up a couple of team members to survey the area. It became clear that we would need the assistance of a more specialist Team so we called in members of Cumbria Ore Mines Rescue Unit. They sent Team members from Carlisle and Alston in Cumbria and Wolsingham in County Durham with specialist equipment. Both Teams worked together with the assistance of the gamekeepers for 8 hours to enlarge the entrance to the chambers. The weather and conditions on Monday evening were not good, it was very cold with snow showers and because of the recent rain the ground was extremely muddy. We eventually broke through to the main chamber which was still very narrow but disappointingly there was no sign of the terrier. Food was left inside and it will be checked over the next few days by the gamekeepers."
Photos - All by Scott Bissett
001 - Team preparing equipment
011 - Team working on escarpment
020 - Entrance to chamber
Notes For Editor Teesdale
& Weardale Search & Mountain Rescue Team are affiliated to the "Mountain
Rescue - England and Wales". We provide a Search and Rescue service throughout
County Durham and beyond primarily for the Police but also for the other emergency
services. All Team members are volunteers and we rely on monies raised by ourselves
as a registered charity to run the Team. Further details regarding our latest
callouts and Team information can be found on our website www.twsmrt.org.uk