Cocker spaniel winched to safety after falling down well
Published 29/12/2015 | 15:46
A plucky gundog had to be rescued with rope and tackle after plunging 30ft down a dry well.
Lilly the cocker spaniel had to be winched to safety by specially-equipped firefighters, used to working in confined spaces, on Boxing Day.
The dog was brought back to the surface with just a grazed eye following the unplanned excursion during a walk in woodland near Upton-upon-Severn, Worcestershire.
Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) said it got a call for help at about 1.19pm.
A special animal rescue team and urban search and rescue crew were among fire crews sent to the scene.
Incident commander Gary Jay, of HWFRS, said: "She was running around in circles at the bottom.
"We knew the rescue would be quite straightforward."
A firefighter was lowered into the well - which was about 3ft (1 metre) wide - and managed to fasten a harness to the dog, before the animal was winched to safety.
Mr Jay added: "She was a little bit shaken, so I think there was plenty of cuddles.
"We do get quite a few incidents which we try not to remember, but this is one of the heart-warming ones."