Dog stuck in Kimberley's Big Hole

2013-11-22 14:32
(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

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Cape Town – Rescue efforts are under way to save a dog after it fell into Kimberley’s Big Hole, according to reports.

Die Burger reported on Friday that the dog has been stuck in the hole since last Friday.

ER24 has teamed up with the SAPS, De Beers and the Sol Plaatjies fire department to save the dog.

ER24 spokesperson Christo Venter told News24 that initial attempts to rescue the dog had failed, because the area around the hole was unstable and the ropes they had were too short.

“It is about a 200m drop to the water and we are not sure how the dog landed in the water.”

He said the dog had been spotted for a couple of days, but it had only been reported on Friday.

“The dog has a resting place in the water hole, where there is some type of ledge formed by rocks, which he is able to climb on to,” Venter said.

The Big Hole’s project manager Dirk Coetzee told News24 that it was the first time, that he was aware of, that an animal has fallen into the hole.

“We have people jumping in trying to commit suicide, but that’s all.”

He said it was a mystery how the dog landed in the hole and how it survived the fall.

Coetzee guessed that the dog might have been chasing a meerkat or one of the small animals around the hole when it fell in. Adding that he was not sure how long the dog has been stuck in the hole.

“We are not sure what type of dog it is, but it looks like a biggish brown dog. No one has claimed the dog as yet.”

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