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Abseiling owner in pet puppy rescue

Tuesday October 16th 2012

A man bravely abseiled down into an old quarry to rescue a pet puppy that had become stranded on a ledge.

Dave Fairman took the dramatic decision to save the young pug after she had gone missing from the family home in Strood.

Along with his wife Melissa, their children and friends, Dave had been searching some four hours for three-month-old Betsy and was beginning to lose hope, when they heard her cries coming from below them at the site of the Medway Gate housing development.

After being told by Kent Fire and Rescue that there would be a wait before an inspector would be able to arrive on the scene, Dave decided to strap himself into a harness and take the plunge with the help of his sons Craig and Reece and builder friend Neil Bridgland, who had been working in the family's garden.

And it was a case of all's well that ends well, as Betsy surprised everyone with the speed of her recovery after the dramatic events unfolded last Sunday.

"She was bouncing all over the place. The vet was amazed she didn't have any broken bones," said relieved Dave.

Copyright Press Association 2012

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