Firefighters in Nanaimo descended into the Abyss to rescue a puppy Friday afternoon.
Fire crews were called out at 4 p.m. Feb. 19 to Extension Ridge Trail after people hiking the area saw their six-month-old puppy fall into a fissure known by locals as the Abyss, according to Chief Tim Doyle of Nanaimo Fire Rescue.
“It was about a 10-metre crevice the dog just fell down. The owners alerted us and we responded and we used a rope rescue and sent a firefighter down … I don’t know if they went and got it examined after, but it looked to be in good health when it got out,” said Doyle.
In terms of advice for people planning to go hiking this weekend, Doyle suggests being prepared.
“Pre-plan,” said Doyle. “Let someone know where you’re going to go, approximately how long you’re going to be gone for and have some means of calling for help if something does happen to you out there. In this case they did. They were able to call us and help us out that way.”
In all, the operation lasted about 90 minutes, Doyle said.