Dog rescued after falling into the Abyss along Nanaimo trail

Dog rescued after falling into the Abyss along Nanaimo trail

A small dog is safe and sound after it slipped and got stuck in a deep fissure known as the Abyss, located along a Nanaimo trail.

The Abyss is a large crack in the Earth that spans a portion of the Extension Ridge Trail. It’s a 4.5 kilometre section of The Great Trail.

According to Terrence Horst, acting captain with the Nanaimo Fire Department, the dog slipped and fell on Tuesday morning while walking with its owner, ending up stuck about 10 feet down the crack. They sent a firefighter down who wasn’t skinny enough to make it down to the dog.

“So we went to plan B, which was to make a makeshift harness and we looped it around the dog’s neck and pulled it out,” Horst told CHEK News.

The “challenging rescue” took approximately an hour and a half from the time firefighter crews got dispatched, to the time the dog was rescued.

The incident that occurred this morning isn’t the first time that a dog has fallen into the Abyss in recent months, either.

Horst says that this marks the third time that firefighters have been called to rescue canines that have fallen into the fissure.

“In this area, just be mindful of the cracks and when you are around the crack, put your dog on a leash,” advised Horst.

Horst noted that the owner, in this instance, was overly grateful for the rescuers who managed to return her dog safely.


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