Mountain rescue teams are often called upon to help those in need on treacherous terrains. This time it was a different kind of casualty that needed assistance – a dog called Rocky.
This is the story of how 13 brave rescue team members faced the challenging terrain of Scafell Pike in the Lake District to help a furry friend.
Call for help
The incident began when Rocky’s owners, who had successfully completed their climb, were making their return journey. However, Rocky had become exhausted and injured, refusing to move after the strenuous ascent.
In desperation, they called for help. The Keswick Mountain Reascue Team began their approach from Seathwaite Farm and climbed towards Esk Hause via Grains Gill. Meanwhile, Rocky’s owners were encouraged to make their way down towards the rescue team.
A royal casualty
The Keswick team met with Rocky and his owners high up Grains Gill. Despite his exhaustion and injuries, Rocky remained cool, calm and positively regal throughout his ordeal. The 33kg pooch was made comfortable in a ‘cas bag’ on a stretcher and then carried back to Seathwaite Farm.
A successful operation
The rescue operation was successful and despite some public criticism concerning whether Rocky should have been taken on such a challenging climb, there was unanimous praise for the bravery and dedication of the rescue team.
The owners were relieved to have their dog safe and sound at the end of their adventure.
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