SMWCRT received a callout on Sunday afternoon from the Fire Service, via South Wales Police to assist with the rescue of a dog that had become trapped in a hole near Morlais. The dog had been underground for approximately 24 hours and the Fire Service had been attempting to dig it out. A SARCALL message was sent to the local SMWCRT SARCALL Group to request availability for a small team.

A team of small rescuers, diggers and controller were deployed. After some investigation of a number of cave entrances and listening to the dog, a couple of leads were followed, prioritizing following possible routes the small terrier could have taken into the cave and the bottom entrance that appeared to be closest to the sound of the dog. USAR were onsite with a remote camera to investigate beyond constrictions but were unable to see the dog. Digging continued into the night, opening up approximately 15 metres of cave in one entrance, and making progress through mud filled passage in both leads. At around 11pm it became apparent that we would not be able to make enough progress to find the dog any time soon, and the team were stood down for the night.

A team were deployed for a continued effort on Monday 4th Feb. Digging and spoil removal continued following the probable entrance direction of the dog, and the lower entrance that appeared closer to the sound of the dog. There was a good voice connection between both digs and the dog appeared to be in-between the two. But still no sight of the dog. In the evening a fresh digging team were deployed with a focus on rock removal to make the dig face more accessible and focus turned to the lower dig, after the top downward dig met a too small phreatic tube. As we made the decision to abandon the attempt for the night we focused efforts on trying to get some food to the dog by attaching containers to the end of drain rods. Despite still not being able to see the dog, we could feel it taking food from the end of one of the drain rods. We stood down with the knowledge of an exact location for the dog and a plan for a renewed effort.

On Tuesday 5th Feb a new SARCALL message was sent to the local SARCALL group to request more diggers, the dig face was only accessible to smaller rescuers. Once on site, good progress was made clearing mud and rocks from the passage. At approximately 15:00hrs George the dog was released and reunited with his owner. Thanks to all who replied with availability, to everyone who was deployed to the sustained effort and to those who supported them. A good result after approximately 200 person hours of hard work. 

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SMWCRT received a callout on Sunday afternoon from the Fire Service, via South Wales Police to
assist with the rescue of a dog that had become trapped in a hole near Morlais.
The dog had been underground for approximately 24 hours and the Fire Service had been
attempting to dig it out.