15-month-old springer spaniel puppy rescued after 300ft fall

Despite the fall Louis the springer spaniel was uninjured

Louis had to be saved by mountain rescuers after falling 300ft down a waterfall (Moffat Mountain Rescue)

A springer spaniel was rescued by mountain rescuers after falling 300ft down a waterfall.

Fifteen-month-old Louis slipped his lead and then dropped below the main path on Wednesday into the Grey Mares Tail waterfall near Moffat, Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland.

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Two Moffat Mountain Rescue teams were dispatched at 1pm to try and locate the pup, which they could hear whining but was difficult to locate.

After about 45 minutes of searching, he was spotted on a small ledge having fallen over 300ft – with another 300ft below his resting place.

A rescuer was lowered down and managed to coax the dog into a rucksack after being calmed down.

The team then used a pulley system to bring both of them up to safety.

Louis was not injured and was able to walk off the hill to be reunited with his owners at about 4.30pm.

‘A satisfying day’s rescue’

Moffat Mountain Rescue detailed the rescue on their Facebook page.

They wrote: “Police Scotland asked for the assistance of Moffat Mountain Rescue to find a 15 month old Springer Spaniel puppy that had fallen in the Grey Mares Tail waterfall near Moffat. The pup had slipped his lead and then fallen below the main path.

“Two teams were dispatched on either side of the waterfall to try and locate the pup. The team could hear him whining but he was very difficult to locate. After about 45 minutes of searching he was spotted by the search team on a small ledge having fallen over 300 feet. There was still another 300 foot of vertical drop below Louis’ resting place.

“The team set up a technical lower with ground anchors and lowered a team member down to the very frightened dog. It took some time to calm Louis down and coax him into a rucksack while the team above changed the lower into the technical raise with a pulley system to bring the team member and Louis back up to safety.

“Unbelievably Louis was not injured and was able to walk off the hill to be reunited with his extremely grateful and excited owners at about 1630 about 5 hours after the incident had occurred.

“All in all, a very satisfying days’ rescue for the team. The whole of the team wish Louis well and hope he gets a good supper tonight!”