Trapped sheepdog rescued from quarry ledge

By Alex Jones in Emergency Services

A PETRIFIED pooch has been rescued by a mountain rescue team after it got trapped on a ledge in a quarry.

On Thursday night, 6 July, the Aberdyfi Search and Rescue Team was called to assist with the rescue of Mac the sheepdog from a rock shelf near Pennal.

Mac had failed to return from sheep-gathering earlier in the day and, on returning to the work area, his owner was able to hear him high up on the quarry wall.

In order to avoid unnecessary risk to the volunteers, the rescue was deferred until first thing the following morning, when 10 members of the team made their way up to the quarry. A rope system was created at the top of the quarry, allowing a rescuer to be lowered down to the ledge where Mac was patiently waiting to be rescued.

Team leader Graham O’Hanlon said: “Mac was unscathed by his adventure and made his way directly to his grateful owner, pausing only for a quick detour back to his rescuer in the full knowledge that there were still biscuits in his pocket!”

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