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Jack Russell rescued after plunging from one of UK’s highest waterfalls

A Jack Russell has been rescued after plunging 60m (196ft) down a waterfall. 

Louis plunged down the Grey Mare’s Tail in Dumfries and Galloway at about 2.45pm on Sunday.

The waterfall is one of the highest in the UK.

Handout photo issued by the Moffat Mountain Rescue Team of a team member with a Jack Russell dog they rescued after it plunged 60 metres down the Grey Mare's Tail waterfall in Dumfries and Galloway at around 2.45pm on Sunday. Picture date: Sunday July 16, 2023.

Despite falling the full height of the waterfall, the dog appeared well apart from a slight limp.

Around 15 members of the volunteer-run Moffat Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) went to the scene after the dog’s owner alerted police.

The team set up a rope system to lower a single team member with a specialised Lyon animal rescue bag once they spotted Louis in one of the lower pools.

Handout photo issued by the Moffat Mountain Rescue Team of team members reuniting a Jack Russell dog they rescued with its owner (second left) after it plunged 60 metres down the Grey Mare's Tail waterfall in Dumfries and Galloway at around 2.45pm on Sunday. Picture date: Sunday July 16, 2023.

The dog was placed into the bag and brought back to the car park using the rope system and rescue equipment designed specifically for accessing the lower pools of Grey Mare’s Tail.

A Moffat MRT spokesman said: “Louis was pulled out of the bottom of the waterfall alive and was very pleased to be reunited with his owner.

Handout photo issued by the Moffat Mountain Rescue Team of team members rescuing a Jack Russell dog after it plunged 60 metres down the Grey Mare's Tail waterfall in Dumfries and Galloway at around 2.45pm on Sunday. Picture date: Sunday July 16, 2023.

“Although they were not local to the area, the team provided them with details of a local vet they could contact to have Louis checked over after his ordeal.

Handout photo issued by the Moffat Mountain Rescue Team of team members rescuing a Jack Russell dog after it plunged 60 metres down the Grey Mare's Tail waterfall in Dumfries and Galloway at around 2.45pm on Sunday. Picture date: Sunday July 16, 2023.

“The owner did the right thing contacting the police and so mountain rescue to ensure the search and rescue was carried out in the safest way possible.

“We wish Louis all the best in his recovery.”


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