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A rescue team carried an “injured and exhausted” dog down from England’s highest mountain over the weekend.
The 73-pound canine climbed Scafell Pike, located in the Lake District National Park, with its owners on Saturday but “was refusing to move” on the return walk down the mountain, the Keswick Mountain Rescue Team wrote on Facebook.
The owners called for help around 6:25 p.m. local time, according to the rescue team, which dispatched a 13-member team to reach the injured pooch.
The team began the trek toward the dog’s location on the Langdale side of Esk Hause and climbed from Seathwaite via Grains Gill.
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The 73-pound pooch “was refusing to move” on the walk down Scafell Pike with its owners on Saturday. Rescuers said the dog was “injured and exhausted.” (Keswick MRT)
While the owners were told to descend a different route to meet another team of rescuers, the Keswick crew strapped the dog in a bag on a stretcher and carried it down the mountain.
Rescuers strapped the canine onto a stretcher and pulled him down the mountain to Seathwaite Farm. (Keswick MRT)
“Despite being quite a large dog at 33 [kilograms] it was a joy to carry such a relatively lightweight casualty,” rescuers said in a statement. “The casualty remained cool, calm and positively regal throughout.”
Rescuers also carried the dog when the terrain became rocky and steep. Scafell Pike is located in the Lake District National Park in northwestern England. (Keswick MRT)
The entire rescue operation, the crew’s 42nd this year, lasted 4 hours and 18 minutes.
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This was not the first time the team had been called up England’s highest mountain to rescue an exhausted dog.
In July 2020, the team rescued a 121-pound St. Bernard named Daisy after she collapsed on Scafell Pike while descending with her owners.
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The group said at the time that canines make up about a dozen of the rescued each year.