By Kirstie Sutheran
A group of brave rescuers spent more than three days drilling through solid rock to rescue to save a stranded dog.
Diligent staff from Angus Glens Moorland Group (AGMG) were alerted to the fact canine Charlie had become stuck in the grounds of Invermark Estate in Aberdeenshire on February 6 at 1.30pm.
Having been alerted by the Patterdale terrier’s tracking collar, the rescuers began using a pinch bar and hammer but, after slow progress, realised they needed a new approach.
After commandeering a rock breaker from nearby R K Services, the men managed to smash through the barriers quickly.
Following 74.5 hours of scraping and chipping away, the crew finally managed to release Charlie from the hole in sub-zero conditions on February 9 at 4pm.
Lianne MacLennan, from AGMG, said: “Charlie is one lucky dog and we are elated he is home safe.
“The lads were out all through the day and all through the night in sub-zero conditions.
“The rock breaker made the last few crucial feet possible to free the dog.
“We can’t thank them enough for their generosity.
“Our dogs are valued members of our teams and the lads were so happy and relieved to see his nose poking through the hole after fearing the worst.
“He managed some water when he came out and was treated to the owners’ steak pie, which they were going to have for their dinner.”