Incident

Rescue

Date
3.38pm - 13 September 2022
Last updated
11.56pm - 20 September 2022
Status
Closed
Incident type
Sewers / culverts
Location
Northam
Attending station
Barnstaple
Appledore

Fire control received a call from a member of the public regarding a dog that had been swept into a tidal sewage pipe with fast running water.

1 Fire engine from Appledore and the Specialist rescue vehicle from Barnstaple attended the incident alongside officers. 

Crews got to work attempting to reduce the flow of water in the in the sewer pipe, with a spotter in place upstream and downstream monitoring the tide crews used water safety equipment to enter the pipe and continually used a gas monitor.

After more than 6 hours of searching, the fire crews eventually located the dog and were able to coax it towards the inspection chamber and successfully rescue the dog, leaving him in the care of the vets and his owners.