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Dog rescued after five days in crevice
Dog rescue
Tide was rescued from the hole after five days underground
A Jack Russell, which spent five days trapped underground in Cornwall, has been rescued in what the RSPCA has described as "an exceptionally difficult and dangerous rescue".

Tide fell 50 feet into a narrow crevice at Godrevy Head, near Hayle during a clifftop walk on Monday.

There were fears the dog would have to be put down if she could not be reached.

But late on Friday night, the RSPCA, the Cornwall Mine Rescue Team and the coastguard worked together to bring Tide to the surface and reunite her with her owner, Simon Wakeman from Cheltenham.

She was in pretty good condition, but a little bit dehydrated
Paul Kempson, RSPCA Inspector
Efforts to rescue Tide included the use of camera equipment loaned by South West Water, which was lowered down to locate her exact position and check on her condition.

Another Jack Russell dog, an 11-year-old male who originally went into the crevice with Tide, was successfully rescued in the early hours of Wednesday after a nine-hour operation.

The two dogs were being walked on the cliff by holidaymakers when they vanished.

But Tide remained underground despite several attempts to lure her out with food.

A final attempt was launched around 1830 BST on Friday and she was finally brought out just before 2300 BST.

Tide the Jack Russell
Tide was none the worse for wear after her five-day ordeal

"She was in pretty good condition, but a little bit dehydrated," said RSPCA Inspector Paul Kempson.

"Tide was checked over by a vet when she was brought up, and again this morning and is absolutely fine.

"She has no injuries whatsoever," he said.

Simon Wakeman, Tide's owner
"They have all done an absolutely fantastic job..."

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