In a heartwarming turn of events, the High Springs Fire Department sprang into action to rescue a young Labradoodle puppy that had tumbled into a deep sinkhole on a Saturday morning. The dramatic rescue unfolded at the intersection of NW 255th Terrace and NW 168th Place, nestled within the Springs’ Cinnamon Hills Estates neighborhood.
The sinkhole, a formidable 15-foot-deep crevice, had unexpectedly appeared a few days prior within a stormwater retention basin. Remarkably, the 11-week-old Labradoodle found herself trapped at the bottom of the pit but mercifully unharmed.
The highly-trained firefighters wasted no time in devising a plan of action. Initially, they endeavored to craft a makeshift hammock, utilizing ropes and a specialized foldable tarp known as the “MegaMover.” Their ingenious approach included the strategic placement of enticing treats and peanut butter within the MegaMover, with the intention of luring the puppy into its safe confines, allowing for a gentle ascent to solid ground. Despite their valiant efforts, the puppy remained elusive, prompting a change in tactics.
This prompted the firefighters altered their approach. They introduced a ladder into the equation, which was carefully lowered into the abyss. Firefighter/Paramedic Kim Arnold, displaying immense courage and unwavering expertise, descended into the depths and, to the relief of all, successfully rescued the stranded puppy.
To find out more about sinkholes in Montgomery County, check the Alachua County maps page.
Source: Spot On Florida
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