West Coast firefighters 'dropped their tools' and rescued a
stranded canine after the wandering pooch fell into an
abandoned mine shaft.
The Greymouth Volunteer Fire Bridge came to the aid Coire, a
black labrador on Saturday morning. The dog was trapped in a
disused mine shaft in bush at the top of Power Road.
Coire's owners, Helen and Allan Wilson, had left their
six-year-old pet with their dog sitter, Allan's sister Thelma
Eakin, on Friday night, before they headed to Christchurch.
Mrs Wilson said this morning that Coire did not normally
wander off. However, the Eakin's dog Mac died recently and
she believes that Coire may have gone looking for "her best
mate" and fell down the shaft.
The Eakins discovered Coire missing early on Saturday morning
and launched a search.
The whimpering dog was discovered by a neighbour of the
Eakins, down the shaft.
Grey District Council dog control officer Murray Malloch was
called in and quickly sprang into action calling the fire
brigade, who Mr Malloch said "dropped their tools and came to
Fire officer in charge of the rescue, Warren Rose, said Coire
was calm when they arrived.
"We dropped a ladder down the hole, slipped a harness onto
Coire and pulled her up - it was a great achievement - one of
those feel good moments," Mr Rose said.
The dog was no "worse for wear", suffering a split toenail
and a couple of scratches.
The Eakins and the Wilsons had nothing but praise for the
fire brigade. Meanwhile their dog spent the second night at
its sitters tied up - just in case.
- By Viv Logie of the Greymouth Star