By Randal Coombs
This is the heart-warming moment firefighters and a desperate owner bravely rescued a dog trapped in an underground bunker.
Dogs are known to be man’s best friend, however in this instance regally-named Belgian Malinois Von Dragho McScottsen must have been pretty thankful to have had friends in the Alabama Fire and Rescue Service.
Dragho, a service dog who has belonged to disabled veteran Scott Brown for a year and a half, was found frantic and scared 15 feet deep in the depths of a dank and dirty fallout shelter in Mobile, Alabama, earlier this month.
Scott had bought the house five weeks ago, knowing it had an underground bunker, but no one had been down there in 25 years.
In the dramatic rescue footage, Scott and the hero firefighters head down into the depths of the dirty water in order to save the frightened dog.
Dragho, obviously frantic and distressed, can be seen thrashing around in the small hole in six inches of water, desperate to be freed.
Though Dragho looked a little worse for wear, with a bit of effort, co-ordination and a ladder that was just big enough, they managed to free the desperate doggo and he has since made a full recovery.
Before the fire department arrived, Scott was preparing to tie a large blanket around himself like a rope and lower himself down there but had to wait for the fire department to determine that the air was breathable.
A representative of the Mobile Fire and Rescue Service said: “The fallout shelter was 15 feet deep with murky and muddy water at the bottom of it.
“It was covered by a sheet of jagged metal that had worn out.
“When Dragho jumped on top of it, he fell through. Dragho is now doing fine.”