Sunday, November 24, 2013
Kimberley Big Hole dog rescued
November 23 2013 at 02:40pm
Police officer John Seeley is lowered down the open mine in an attempt to rescue the dog. Picture: Soraya Crowie
A dog which had fallen down into Kimberley's Big Hole in the Northern Cape was rescued on Saturday, paramedics said.
“The dog has been rescued, it is on surface and it will be assessed,” said ER24 spokeswoman Vanessa Jackson.
She said the rescue team worked for five hours to save the dog.
Earlier, Jackson said rigs had been erected to help stabilise the operation.
“A rescue team of seven will go down. They will stabilise one another and provide support.
“Only one person will go down the final couple of metres and rescue the dog,” she said.
The depth of the hole was equivalent to the height of a 50-storey building.
She said because of the distance and terrain it was not possible to throw food down to the dog.
On Friday, ER24's Christo Venter said the dog had been in the hole for a couple of days.
“The dog had been swimming around in an attempt to find a way out and fortunately found a ledge to rest at, which probably saved him thus far,” he said. -Sapa