Fire crews rescue dog from tunnel as storms strike St Helens

Fire crews rescue dog from tunnel as storms strike St Helens

Fire crews rescue dog from tunnel as storms strike St Helens

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A DOG which had been swept into a tunnel after heavy rain was rescued by firefighters this morning.

Crews from St Helens, joined by the search and rescue officers, were called to Queens Park after the West Highland terrier became trapped.

A firefighter was lowered down to the dog on a safety rope before returning it to dry land.

Watch Manager Gary Kay, a member of the Search and the Rescue Team who attended the call-out, said: “The dog was in a small weir type area which had a grate in a tunnel.

"The tunnel was around four feet in diameter. The dog appears to have been swept through the grate into the tunnel by the water but had managed to climb out on to a ledge that ran down the tunnel.

"We could hear barking from the tunnel when we arrived.

“Firefighters from Eccleston Community Fire Station had already set up rope systems to carry out the rescue when we arrived. A firefighter from Eccleston was also near to the dog trying to keep it calm.

“The water was fairly fast-flowing so one member of the Search and Rescue Team climbed down, attached to safety ropes and harnesses, to get into the mouth of the tunnel and rescue the dog.”

A saw was used to cut through a grill before the terrier was rescued.

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12:36am Mon 4 Nov 13

rosered1 says...

Well done firemen!! Glad the dog is safe and well
Well done firemen!! Glad the dog is safe and well rosered1
  • Score: 11

7:45am Mon 4 Nov 13

smith&weston says...

So how did it manage to get off it's lead ?....or wasn't it on one ?
Don't forget to send the owner a bill for the fire service call out.
So how did it manage to get off it's lead ?....or wasn't it on one ? Don't forget to send the owner a bill for the fire service call out. smith&weston
  • Score: -12

4:16pm Mon 4 Nov 13

Jenny Mc says...

Yes she was on a lead for your information. She escaped from the DOG PIT!! And like all dogs do she ran off! We pay into the services so we are entitled to use them!! So mind your own business!!
Yes she was on a lead for your information. She escaped from the DOG PIT!! And like all dogs do she ran off! We pay into the services so we are entitled to use them!! So mind your own business!! Jenny Mc
  • Score: 9

5:05pm Mon 4 Nov 13

barrie timpson says...

What's the dog pit?
What's the dog pit? barrie timpson
  • Score: 0

5:39pm Mon 4 Nov 13

Jenny Mc says...

A fenced off area where the dogs can run round. Unfortunately she managed to escape.
A fenced off area where the dogs can run round. Unfortunately she managed to escape. Jenny Mc
  • Score: 0

6:44pm Mon 4 Nov 13

smith&weston says...

Isn't the ' escape ' excuse the one most dog owners use when their beloved pet has ripped the face of some poor kid. So she was on a lead but running around in a dog pit/ Please feel free to enlighten us all further.
Isn't the ' escape ' excuse the one most dog owners use when their beloved pet has ripped the face of some poor kid. So she was on a lead but running around in a dog pit/ Please feel free to enlighten us all further. smith&weston
  • Score: -6

6:51pm Mon 4 Nov 13

smith&weston says...

By the way, I really did chuckle at your ' mind you own business " comment. In case you hadn't noticed, this is a local weekly paper that, at the end of most stories, asks readers to comment about the article they have just read. Thats what I did.
By the way, I really did chuckle at your ' mind you own business " comment. In case you hadn't noticed, this is a local weekly paper that, at the end of most stories, asks readers to comment about the article they have just read. Thats what I did. smith&weston
  • Score: -5

7:15pm Mon 4 Nov 13

1878 saint says...

Incredible ... The fire service do a great job rescuing a family pet, and I'm no detective, but I would guess it was on a lead, taken to the dog pit to run free 'that's it's purpose' , it escaped through a hole in the fence ... Not the biggest of dogs those terriers and had an accident. So rather than commend the fire service there is always someone who wants to have a go and look on the black side of the story .... Do us all a favour and get a life, not everyone out there with a dog s a mindless moron !
Incredible ... The fire service do a great job rescuing a family pet, and I'm no detective, but I would guess it was on a lead, taken to the dog pit to run free 'that's it's purpose' , it escaped through a hole in the fence ... Not the biggest of dogs those terriers and had an accident. So rather than commend the fire service there is always someone who wants to have a go and look on the black side of the story .... Do us all a favour and get a life, not everyone out there with a dog s a mindless moron ! 1878 saint
  • Score: 12

7:33pm Mon 4 Nov 13

Jenny Mc says...

We obviously don't let her escape on purpose do we as responsible dog owners. So keep your sarcy comments to yourself!
We obviously don't let her escape on purpose do we as responsible dog owners. So keep your sarcy comments to yourself! Jenny Mc
  • Score: -2

8:59pm Mon 4 Nov 13

barrie timpson says...

Where is it? It's not illegal to have your dog of the lead anyway. They need a run , if they are well controlled I don't see the problem.
My dog could do with somewhere like that , is it behind the leisure centre?
Where is it? It's not illegal to have your dog of the lead anyway. They need a run , if they are well controlled I don't see the problem. My dog could do with somewhere like that , is it behind the leisure centre? barrie timpson
  • Score: 6

3:06pm Tue 5 Nov 13

norm says...

This lady doesn't mention any gratitude towards the rescuers, only barking insults at comments. I'm glad the mutt is ok though.
This lady doesn't mention any gratitude towards the rescuers, only barking insults at comments. I'm glad the mutt is ok though. norm
  • Score: 1

5:22pm Tue 5 Nov 13

ollie70 says...

barrie timpson wrote:
Where is it? It's not illegal to have your dog of the lead anyway. They need a run , if they are well controlled I don't see the problem.
My dog could do with somewhere like that , is it behind the leisure centre?
i only know abandoned bowling greens in that area. is that the unofficial 'dog pit'? lol
[quote][p][bold]barrie timpson[/bold] wrote: Where is it? It's not illegal to have your dog of the lead anyway. They need a run , if they are well controlled I don't see the problem. My dog could do with somewhere like that , is it behind the leisure centre?[/p][/quote]i only know abandoned bowling greens in that area. is that the unofficial 'dog pit'? lol ollie70
  • Score: 0

9:09am Wed 6 Nov 13

mattmxl says...

Jenny Mc wrote:
We obviously don't let her escape on purpose do we as responsible dog owners. So keep your sarcy comments to yourself!
Surely then we have to conclude that you are not a responsible dog owner!
[quote][p][bold]Jenny Mc[/bold] wrote: We obviously don't let her escape on purpose do we as responsible dog owners. So keep your sarcy comments to yourself![/p][/quote]Surely then we have to conclude that you are not a responsible dog owner! mattmxl
  • Score: -4

4:27pm Wed 6 Nov 13

Jenny Mc says...

I am not the dogs owner!!
I am not the dogs owner!! Jenny Mc
  • Score: 0

12:39pm Thu 7 Nov 13

HelenKeller says...

I have never heard it referred to as 'the dog pit'. It makes it sound like a fighting arena. The Dog Park isn't unofficial. It is a great resource and well used by responsible owners who like to socalise their dogs sensibly. Well done to the Fire Crew and glad your dog is ok. The knobheads chucking fireworks in the park are one factor in dogs legging it.
I have never heard it referred to as 'the dog pit'. It makes it sound like a fighting arena. The Dog Park isn't unofficial. It is a great resource and well used by responsible owners who like to socalise their dogs sensibly. Well done to the Fire Crew and glad your dog is ok. The knobheads chucking fireworks in the park are one factor in dogs legging it. HelenKeller
  • Score: 4

9:28pm Thu 7 Nov 13

Kevfob says...

Did we have to pay for the dogpit? I agree there needs to be a process were an element of that cost is incurred by the dog owner for allowing their flea bitten mutt to be out of control.
Did we have to pay for the dogpit? I agree there needs to be a process were an element of that cost is incurred by the dog owner for allowing their flea bitten mutt to be out of control. Kevfob
  • Score: -4

10:30pm Thu 7 Nov 13

smith&weston says...

I'd like to dig a big pit..... for dogs and their owners.
I'd like to dig a big pit..... for dogs and their owners. smith&weston
  • Score: -6

9:54pm Sun 10 Nov 13

Star_reader says...

smith&weston wrote:
I'd like to dig a big pit..... for dogs and their owners.
DH
[quote][p][bold]smith&weston[/bold] wrote: I'd like to dig a big pit..... for dogs and their owners.[/p][/quote]DH Star_reader
  • Score: 1

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