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Traumatised Kimberley dog hard to rescue

Police tried to rescue the animal by helicopter but the cable was too short.

FILE: A dog that has fallen into the Big Hole in Kimberley is traumatised, making it difficult for a rescue team to grab hold of it. Picture: Alleta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A dog that has fallen into the Big Hole in Kimberley is traumatised, making it difficult for a rescue team to grab hold of it, ER24 said on Saturday.

Police tried to rescue the animal by helicopter but the cable was too short.

A rescue team of seven abseiled into the big hole and one rescuer climbed onto a ledge close to the dog that has been trapped in the hole for six days.

ER24's Vanessa Jackson says, "Warrant officer John Sealy, who is part of the SAPS search and rescue team has managed to get down to the dog, so he's on the same ledge as the dog.

"They can't actually grab the dog, seems like it's getting back into the water and then coming onto the ledge again. So they're just coming up with other plans to get the dog to calm down."