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Dog saved after falling 10ft down quarry ledge

Photo: Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue Team

A dog has been saved by a group of volunteer mountain rescue fighters after falling ten feet into a disused quarry ledge in Bacup.

Members of Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue Team (RPMRT) abseiled into the deep quarry shaft at Lee Quarry to retrieve the distressed dog, called Nemo, and returned him to his worried owner.

The successful rescue effort led the team to quip "We really did find Nemo!".

Credit: Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue

RPMRT along with Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service were alerted by police to the incident, where the dog was becoming increasingly agitated calling for a speedy rescue effort.

The charity are now warning dog owners and walkers to take ‘extreme caution’ when visiting disused quarry sites.

Credit: Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue

Yesterday afternoon the team were called out by Police stating a walker dog had got stuck on the ledge of a deep quarry shaft at Lee Quarry, Bacup.

On arrival we were joined by local fire and their technical rope team. After surveying the scene fire felt it was our skillset and were happy to support Rossendale & Pendle Mountain Rescue Team with integrated rope rescue with the members already on scene.

The dog, named Nemo, was getting more stressed as time was passing, so we quickly abseiled down to Nemo, made sure he was safe and returned him to his happy owner.

Another great rescue and displayed our specialist rescue skillset and great teamwork between Mountain Rescue and Fire.

We would like to remind people of the dangers quarries present and whilst we can’t we would like to advise anyone walking in our around them to do so with extreme caution, it could have quite easily been a member of public on the ledge.

RPMRT would like to wish little ‘Nemo’ all the best and hope he thinks twice next time he might be near a high ledge. Today, we really did ‘Find Nemo'!

– A spokesperson from Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue

A spokesperson from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said:

A fire engine and crew from Bacup and a rope rescue team from Bamber Bridge attended the rescue of a dog from a disused quarry in Bacup. The dog had fallen approximately ten feet down onto a ledge and was rescued by Mountain Rescue with firefighters assisting to make the area safe.

– A spokesperson from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service
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