Firefighters in dog rescue drama

A DOG is today recovering after it became trapped in a viaduct at Alton Water.A rescue mission was launched by firefighters to save the seven seven-stone Doberman after it climbed into the steep viaduct in the Alton reservoir in Stutton and couldn't get out.

A DOG is today recovering after it became trapped in a viaduct at Alton Water.

A rescue mission was launched by firefighters to save the seven seven-stone Doberman after it climbed into the steep viaduct in the Alton reservoir in Stutton and couldn't get out.

The owner had taken the dog for an evening walk and it was as the animal was off exploring that he went down into the viaduct via a sloping barrier, which was 20ft deep. However as it was too steep to climb back up, he became trapped.

A crew from Princes Street attended the scene at about 9.20pm and used specialist equipment and ladders to rescue the pooch.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue's group manager Ian Bowell said: “Fortunately it did not fall so it was slightly shocked but it wasn't injured.

“We used our various ladders to get down to where the dog was and provided a bridge. Our equipment formed a pathway and a firefighter had to climb down and lead the dog to safety.

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“It seemed very happy afterwards to be reunited with its owner, and the owner was very pleased too.

“I am aware this has happened before so dog owners should be really careful as it is a place where dogs could potentially fall into the viaduct.” The incident was finished by 10pm.

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