A dog trapped on a 50 foot high ledge at a Swansea quarry – at the time of an earthquake – has been successfully rescued and reunited with his owners.
The small collie cross had become trapped around 20 meters down the quarry which was also 50 foot high up from the ground. He was first spotted at 1.15pm on Saturday.
The difficult and challenging rescue took place at Rosehill Quarry near Townhill in Swansea on Saturday (17 February), which took place just after the 4.4 magnitude earthquake struck the region.
RSPCA inspector Gemma Cooper said: “When I got there I couldn’t see him as he was underneath gorse but I could hear him barking and growling. He had managed to get himself stuck on a ledge on a very steep bank and was clearly distressed.
“I was standing with the person who had called us just assessing the situation, and we felt the ground move. We looked at each other said ‘what was that?’. We then saw from social media that it had been an earthquake! Luckily it hadn’t spooked the dog or cause him to fall from the ledge he had been standing on.”
Unable to gain access to him, RSPCA inspector Cooper called Mid and West Wales Fire & Rescue Service who arrived on the scene within 10 minutes.
She said: “They assessed the situation and called for assistance from officers from Pontardawe who were specially trained.
“It was a very difficult rescue. A fire officer abseiled down the quarry, cutting down trees and greenery as he went.
“The dog was then attached to the officer’s harness and they both continued to abseil to the bottom. The dog was uninjured but very relieved to be down!”
The dog – named Basil – was microchipped and was wearing a tag, so inspector Cooper was able to identify him and reunite him with his owners straight away.
“His owners were very thankful that he was found and rescued from such a difficult situation. It must have been such a frightening experience for him, especially when the earthquake struck as well.
“Luckily he had made a noise and barked when a walker had been passing through the area, who then called us. I’d like to thank them for calling us along with the fire service who dealt with the situation expertly.”
Basil’s owner’s Colin and Margaret Cribb said they were overwhelmed and delighted that he was returned to them safe and sound.
Margaret said: “He went missing at around 10.30am and we were so frantic. As time wore on we were so worried that we would not get him home.
“We are just so grateful and delighted that there was a happy outcome and would like to thank the RSPCA and fire service for their dedication. We were very shocked to hear what had happened – and during the earthquake as well. It was quite a day for us! He had some sore paws, perhaps from the gorse and brambles, but apart from that he is doing well.”
RSPCA Cymru has long highlighted the benefits of getting pets microchipped, as it gives them the best chance of being identified and returned home if they become lost or stolen. It is also important to register the chip with a national database and update contact details if a pet owner moves house or changes phone number. More information can be found online.
Since April 2016 it has been a legal requirement for dogs in Wales to be microchipped and for the details to be kept up to date.
If an animal is found in distress please contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.
If you wish to help RSPCA Cymru, you can donate online. The RSPCA is a charity and rely on public donations.