When Jim Devaney goes golfing at Great Rock Golf Course in Long Island, he usually takes his Labrador Retriever named Carson. The dog loves the wide landscape and usually just stays by his owner’s side.
One day, while out on the course on the 18th hole, the large pooch was sniffing something in the nearby pond when he slipped and fell. Somehow, he got stuck in an 18-inch drainage pipe. Jim rushed to the edge of the pond and called out to the retriever.
He saw that the dog had ventured in the pipe and had gotten so far inside. And the more he called out to the confused dog, the more he crawled further away. It seemed impossible for Jim to retrieve his pet, so he called the Wading River Fire Department.
Firefighters to the rescue
As soon as the rescuers arrived, they assessed the situation and started devising a plan to get the trapped dog out. They knew that the pipe was filled halfway with icy water, and if he stayed there too long, he might get hurt.
They estimated where the dog was and dug a hole. They then made a cut on the pipe. Thankfully, their calculations were correct, the dog was within a few feet from the hole they made. Two of the responders went into the hole and tried hard to coax the dog to back up.
Slowly, the dog responded to them and scooted backward. Several minutes passed and then they were able to grab the frightened pooch and take him out. They were shocked to discover that he was a huge 110-pound dog. Even the two rescuers had a difficult time carrying him out from the small space they made.
All is well
After a quick examination, they found no injuries on the dog. Carson was fine and was just happy to be back to his owner’s side.
Jim was very grateful to all the rescuers that responded to his call. Without them, it would have been nearly impossible for Jim to get his beloved pet out.