A dog trapped at the bottom of a well, saved by speleologists (13)
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An extraordinary rescue! In the Bouches-du-Rhône, a dog fell to the bottom of an unlisted well on private property. With the help of the firefighters, six Spéléo Secours Français volunteers managed to find the animal unharmed. 30millionsdamis.fr contacted one of the rescuers.
Vertiginous! In Roquefort-la-Bédoule (13), the dog Nino found himself trapped in an unknown well. Fortunately, the animal was able to count on the rapid mobilization of 6 volunteers from the Spéléo Secours Français association, who intervened with the firefighters of SDIS 13. ” The well was narrow, about 10 meters deep, with a rather unstable edgeJean-Mary Maurice, speleologist-artificer present on the scene, explains to 30millionsdamis.fr. We had to crush about a cubic meter of rock, including a 70 kg that we have secured with carabiners so that it does not fall on the dog. “
Very happy to find his master!
Once the entrance to the abyss had been cleared, the animal had to be brought up safely. ” We stretched a zipline between two big pines. Then one of us descended into the well with a harness provided by the fire brigade. Once at the bottom, by radio link, he confirmed to us that the dog appeared to be in good health., relates the rescuer. The animal was a little anxious, but he let it go. We reassembled it quietly. On the surface, the intervention team confirms that Nino is unharmed, except for a superficial wound to the paw. ” He seemed very happy to find his master », Smiles the speleologist. In total, the intervention will have lasted almost 5 hours.
An intervention of nearly 5 hours was necessary to reassemble the dog. © Spéléo Secours Français 13
Should we intervene to save an animal ? The question does not even arise not !
Jean-Mary Maurice, French Caving Rescue
” For us, animals are as important as humans, says Jean-Mary Maurice. When it is necessary to intervene to save an animal, we do not even ask the question ! In 2019, the French Caving Secours team from the department carried out a large-scale operation to save two dogs, also fallen to the bottom of a well. The volunteers took turns continuously, day and night… for 48 hours! The animals had been successfully reassembled. ” We are on permanent call. Night work is not a problem for us, because we are used to working in the dark, emphasizes the speleologist. If as an artificer I am there to enlarge narrow passages, each of us has a specific role : it’s a team effort ! “
Made up entirely of volunteers, the Spéléo Secours Français has the “Sécurité Civile” approval. The 30 Millions d’Amis Foundation regularly celebrates the exploits of these heroes, such as the rescue of a dog in difficulty at sea by the SNSM of Propriano in Corsica (8/2021).
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