A firefighter has told of the dramatic rescue of a family’s pet dog which had become trapped between rocks in Hartlepool.
Anna Huntington was part of a four-strong crew from Hartlepool’s Stranton Fire Station called to the promenade by Newburn Bridge at around 1pm on Sunday.
A Jack Russell called Loui had become lodged between rocks while retrieving his ball.
Unable to reach the dog, which had managed to trap itself 4ft down, firefighters set about cutting away rocks to allow a person to be lowered down to reach him.
Anna, who has been a firefighter for four years, said: “This is probably the most complex dog rescues I’ve carried out in my career to date.
“The gap was so narrow we could just get an arm into the hole, but the dog was too far down to reach it.
“We used hydraulic equipment we use to cut the roof off cars to help spread the rocks apart.”
Anna was eventually lowered into a gap where she was able to scoop the dog, which was distressed but unhurt, up in her arms and bring him to the surface.
The rescue took just over an hour.
Are you the owner of the dog? If so, contact the Hartlepool Mail’s newsdesk on 0191 5017471.