Mountaineer hailed a hero after risking his life to save missing two dogs

2018-02-23 16:05
PHOTO: Facebook/Colette Kilroy?

PHOTO: Facebook/Colette Kilroy?

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A mountaineer has been hailed a hero after he risked his life to save two dogs that went missing on Britain's third highest peak.

When Scott Pilling saw a Facebook post about the dogs, a German Shepherd Lilah and a mongrel Cash that had been missing for two days, he jumped into action. 

The owner, ‎Colette Kilroy‎ (27), posted an alert on Facebook about “two lost dogs” on January 19.  

 “Last seen summit of Helvellyn Trig Point. Very approachable. Called Cash (mongrel black and brown) Lilah (German Shepherd). Please anyone around there keep a lookout. Contact Colette Kilroy or call 077 7591 8743. Thanks.),” she wrote. 

Not knowing whether he’d find them or not, Scott (37) gave it his best shot, searching through the most dangerous side of the mountain in the Lake District in the north of England.

“He carried out his rescue mission even though he didn’t know their owner – and had to drive 94 miles (151 km) from his home to Helvellyn,” The Daily Mail reported.

“He feared the worst as he began to scale the mountain because the dogs had been alone in freezing weather for 48 hours.”

The Mirror says Scott was assisted “to drop over the top of the snowy ledge, dangling thousands of feet up the mountain to bring the two pets to safety”.

He found them sheltering from the cold and was surprised when they responded to his whistle.

“The dogs would have died if they had spent much longer on the mountain, which is more than 3 000 feet (1 000 m) above sea level,” he told The Daily Mail.

Colette, who also joined the rescue mission, couldn’t stop thanking Scott.

“I can’t put into words how thankful and appreciative I am,” she said.

“You are a hero in my eyes and I feel so blessed and thankful that you were there. Thank you for risking your life for my dogs and persisting to rescue them both.”

Sources: The Daily Mail, The Mirror UK, Facebook


Read more on:    mountain climbers  |  dog  |  rescue

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