Firefighters rescue dogs trapped on quarry ledge in Needham Market

Dog rescue in Mill Lane, Needham Market, on Sunday. Photo courtesy of Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service.
Dog rescue in Mill Lane, Needham Market, on Sunday. Photo courtesy of Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service.
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Two dogs were saved from a would-be 150ft drop after running off during a walk and getting stuck on a ledge.

The much-loved jackapoo and miniature schnauzer became marooned about 40ft down on a quarry ledge, with a 150ft drop below, during their four-hour ordeal in Mill Lane, Needham Market, on Sunday.

Dogs reunited with owner

Dogs reunited with owner

Watch commander Paul Dennison, of Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, said the nature of the slope and the wet conditions meant the dogs were unable to climb back up.

He said their owner did the right thing by calling them rather than putting herself in danger.

He called the RSPCA and requested advanced ‘working at height’ crews from Elmswell and Felixstowe who were able to set up lines and haul the dogs to safety.

Mr Dennison said: “Access was difficult and the crews worked really hard to rescue them. It’s not something we do every day but what it does show is that we’re able to respond to these sorts of incidents successfully. The owner was over the moon.”