AN over-adventurous terrier caused a drama that encompassed an entire community on Boxing Day.
Crowds gathered in Hanslope to watch the incredible nine hour rescue of family pet Jorge.
It involved half a dozen firefighters, tons of specialist equipment similar to that used in the aftermath of 9/11, and even two JCB diggers loaned by village builders.
The border terrier, who has a passion for chasing rabbits, got wedged down a drainage pipe sunk two and a half metres under frozen soil in a field at Bullington End.
His owners Dawn and David Webber panicked when they heard his plaintive cries for help – but had no idea how to reach him.
“We called the fire service but didn’t really expect they could help. We were amazed when so many of them turned up,” said mother-of-two Dawn.
Firefighters from Newport Pagnell and crews from the Bucks Fire and Rescue Urban Search and Rescue Unit at Aylesbury used the latest high-tech cameras and underground listening devices in a bid to locate Jorge in the 800 metre length of pipe.
Station manager Tony Bennett said “It was one of those old-fashioned situations where everyone pulls together to sort it out... there was never any thought of giving up.”
Dawn, who bought out a turkey casserole for the grateful crews, was over the moon when Jorge emerged, tail wagging, at 9.30pm.
“We cannot thank everyone enough,” she said.