A dog that “vaulted” a wall, unaware there was a 50-foot drop on the other side, has miraculously survived.
Fire crews and search-and-rescue teams rushed to the scene after members of the public reported seeing the injured dog.
The incident occurred at Burrator Reservoir dam in Devon on Boxing Day, December 26, at around 4.19pm.
The pooch is said to have “vaulted” over the edge of the large dam constructed of concrete faced with granite blocks.
Dartmoor Search and Rescue team responded to the incident despite not usually being involved in searches for lost animals.
Fortunately, the dog was relatively unharmed and was taken to a veterinary practice in Yelverton, Devon, for treatment.
A spokesperson the rescue team said: “At 4.19pm we were called by the police at the request of Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service who required assistance in a search for an injured dog.
“Obi, a black labrador, had vaulted the parapet of Burrator Reservoir dam and fallen around 50 feet into the valley below.
“He was spotted by a member of the public but then disappeared.
“Mountain Rescue Teams do not usually search for lost animals, but to avoid risk to members of the public who were intent on searching in darkness alongside fast-flowing water we deployed our members who are trained and equipped for such tasks.
“Thankfully, within minutes of beginning our search pattern Obi was spotted and his owners were escorted to him.
“He was assessed by one of our members who is a veterinary surgeon and then carried to a Team LandRover for transport to a veterinary practice in Yelverton for treatment.
“A happy end to Boxing Day for all concerned.”