Quarry plunge pet sparks a rescue drama
A DOZEN fire- fighters and a city community swung into action to rescue a dog which was perched precariously up a 150ft quarry.
Andy Davies descended the vertical rock face and scooped up three-year-old Charlie, who had done a runner several hours previously after being told it was bath time.
The whimpering Jack Russell was stuck in brambles and nettles some 8ft down from the quarry lip.
He had nowhere to turn, until the specialist line rescue team from Pontardawe arrived.
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And shortly after 6pm yesterday he was reunited with relieved owners Caro Lamberth and Daniel Parry, of Winston Street, North Hill, near Mount Pleasant.
Caro said Charlie went missing in the morning.
"I made a cup of tea — then I told him he was going to have a bath," she said.
Charlie, though, had other plans.
Caro praised local children for their help.
"The children around here have been brilliant," she said. "They said they could hear whining.
"I told them I would give them £20 if they found him — they kept coming around saying they could hear him."
She stressed she took great care in keeping Charlie, plus her other Jack Russell and greyhound, away from the quarry edge.
"Charlie does not have access to the cliff," she said. "We take a great deal of care."
Firefighters anchored ropes to a fire engine in Winston Street, and fed the ropes through a terraced home which was directly above the dog.
Gary Williams, operations response manager for Swansea Command, said the safety of the firefighters was vital. He said they used the fire engine as an anchor as there was nothing suitable at the quarry edge.
"The dog was originally thought to be 80ft down," said Mr Williams.
A subdued Charlie was clearly pleased to see Caro, who gave rescuer Mr Davies a hug.