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24th August 2006 DOG RESCUED FROM LEAD MINE SHAFT
Teesdale & Weardale Search & Rescue Team this evening (Friday) rescued a dog from the bottom of a 35ft deep mine shaft in Weardale, Co Durham.
The black labrador name Sam was working as part of a grouse shoot on Cattrick Moss near Frosterley, Co Durham when he fell down the former lead mine late this afternoon. The team were called out by the local police at around 5pm. Team Leader Dave Bartles-Smith said "When we arrived the dog had been down the 8ft wide shaft for over one and half hours. We lowered Paul Renwick, one of our team members down the shaft were he was able to examine Sam. He supprisingly appeared to be uninjured so Paul put him in a large rucksack, put him on his back and we hauled him back up". Sam although shaken was unharmed and was reunited with his owner.
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