Using equipment that is normally found at disaster sites after building collapses or earthquakes, firefighters worked for hours to free a trapped Jack Russell pet.
The 11-year-old Freddy was chasing a rabbit on Monday when he got trapped down a narrow hole in Blackroot Pool, West Midlands.
His owner Richard Hill said he could hear Freddy’s whimpers underground but was unable to reach him.
The 55-year-old reluctantly gave up searching for him when it got dark.
“I really thought I had seen Freddy for the very last time,” said Hill.
He returned on Tuesday morning and called 999 after he could hear Freddy’s cries for help.
He had been trapped for 24 hours by that time.
The West Midland Fire and Rescue Service found them after Hill used an app to help firefighters find his exact location: What3Word has divided the world into 3m squares and given each square a unique combination of three words—and if you have the app, it is as accurate as GPS coordinates.
Crews used camera and listening gear on their mission to find the distressed pup, and eventually dug a 6-ft by 9-ft crater.
Thankfully, after two hours digging, firefighters freed the exhausted Freddy, who “ran out of the hole as they got closer to him.”
“I have to say a huge thank-you to the firefighters, they were just unbelievable,” says Hill.
“It was just incredible when he ran out of the hole after the rescue, it was just like nothing had happened.”
Freddy is still sporting an orange tint after being covered with the clay soil.