A 50 kilo sheep, which has been named Dolly, was rescued by firefighters after getting stuck between rocks on moorland north of Todmorden yesterday evening.
A small group of climbers enjoying the sunshine spotted the stranded sheep, stuck fast in a five metre deep crevice, and raised the alarm at around 7pm (May 2).
Technical Rescue Officer, Chris Lawton, requested the Technical Rescue Unit, which has specialist skills in rope rescue, to attend along with a fire engine, all from Cleckheaton Fire Station.
Around 10 firefighters arrived at the popular climbing spot, called Bridestones, after parking the engine up on Eastwood Road about half a mile away.
The firefighters used specialist rope equipment to lower themselves into the gulley and attach straps to Dolly, who was feeling sheepish but wasn’t in any distress.
They then winched Dolly up to freedom.
Station Commander Chris Lawton said: “The firefighters affectionately named the sheep Dolly after her rescue!
“Fortunately she was rescued uninjured at around 9pm just as the light was fading, and she ran off happily to join her flock.
“The firefighters did a brilliant job and squeezed down into the gulley to attach straps to Dolly before winching her up. It was very claustrophobic between the rocks with only around 40 centimetre’s width to manoeuvre so it wasn’t a particularly nice place to be.
“But they worked together as a team to get Dolly out unharmed and fortunately it ended well. Thanks also to the small group of climbers who played their part in Dolly’s rescue by raising the alarm.”
Chris added that he believes Dolly’s thick woolly coat had cushioned her fall.
The Technical Rescue Unit has specialist line rescue capability to rescue both humans and animals in situations such as entrapments.