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Cocker spaniel winched to safety after falling down well

Published 29/12/2015 | 15:46

Lilly the cocker spaniel, who had to be rescued with rope and tackle after plunging 30ft down a dry well (Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service/PA)
Lilly the cocker spaniel, who had to be rescued with rope and tackle after plunging 30ft down a dry well (Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service/PA)

A plucky gundog had to be rescued with rope and tackle after plunging 30ft down a dry well.

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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."

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