Hi-tech equipment normally used to locate earthquake victims has been used to find a spaniel trapped in concrete pipework in Lincolnshire
A snake eye camera and vibraphone, equipment normally used to locate earthquake victims has been used to find a Springer Spaniel trapped in concrete piping in Mamby, near Louth, Lincolnshire.
Lister, a three-year-old Springer Spaniel was being exercised by its owner when it disappeared down a concrete pipe in an orchard off Church Lane in Mamby, Lincolnshire.
The drainpipe, part of a disused pipe network was 50cm in diameter and proved too much of a temptation for Lister, who decided to explore.
When Lister failed to re-appear his worried owner called the Lincolnshire fire and rescue service.
Using hi-tech equipment, developed to find victims trapped in rubble, search and rescue personnel set about trying to locate Lister.
A snake eye camera, (a camera mounted on the end of a long fibre-optic cable) and a vibraphone (used to detect movement) were both deployed.
Lister was eventually located stuck within the pipe network trapped by hay. A mini digger was used to expose the pipe and then hand tools were used to free him.
Lister was reunited with his owner none the worse for his ordeal.
Chris Ward a spokesperson for Lincolnshire fire and rescue service said: “This type of rescue is not a day to day occurrence, but it is a good opportunity for rescue tenders to gain experience using this type of equipment.”
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