‘Very happy’ dogs rescued from 12 meter mine shaft in Coober Pedy

Written by Javed Iqbal

Two dogs have been rescued after being spotted 12 meters down in a mine shaft in southern Australia.

A resident of Coober Pedy heard whining from the bottom of his opal mine shaft this morning and called the local council, which then called the State Emergency Service (SES) to investigate the matter.

They found that there were two dogs at the bottom of the shaft on Post Office Hill Road.

Coober Pedy SES unit leader Anthony Daelman-Whitaker said the rescue equipment took about three hours to set up as the group’s mine rescue harnesses had to be adapted for dogs.

The operation went smoothly and the uninjured dogs were grateful to see daylight around noon. 13.30.

“They were very happy when we got them back on top,” Daelman-Whitaker said.

Dogs ‘very calm’ when pulled out

After first wondering who the kelpie-cross and Staffordshire terrier-cross belonged to, dog catcher Roger Boland said the pair started pulling on their leashes towards home not far away.

“I said to my comrade, ‘we might as well let them go,’ so we let them go, and that was it,” said Mr Boland.

“One ran straight up the hill and he went, the other went the other way.

“They must have been boyfriends, but they do not live in the same house.”

SES volunteers in orange outfits stand around a hole with a frame above
Equipment The SES set up to rescue the dogs with the help of Country Fire Service volunteers.(Delivered: Roger Boland)

He said they were “very calm” and he did not need to use the sedatives he had brought for safety.

“A little bruised I think, but other than that they were okay,” he said.

Daelman-Whitaker said it was unclear how long the dogs were down the shaft.

“It’s really good to get such a positive result, considering we do not know how long they were down there and that they fell 12 meters,” he said.

A car helmet is now placed over the mine shaft entrance.

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