Rescue team praised for saving boxer dog from Bonnyrigg

A Bonnyrigg woman has thanked fire and rescue services after her dog was rescued unharmed after falling from a 150 foot high cliff.

Pipa Doran (32), a full time carer for her severely autistic daughter, was full of praise for the emergency services after the incident at Roslin Glen on March 14, which happened after her partner Wayne Darling had taken their two year old red boxer Roxy out for a run.

She said: “My partner Wayne phoned me at about 5pm to say that Roxy had disappeared and that there wasn’t anywhere else for her to go but over the cliff edge.

“So he was quite frantic. It’s a sharp drop, a vertical drop.

“I went down and had to walk about an hour just to find where he was. It’s so vast down at the glen, they were far in.

“When I got there I could hear Roxy crying but I couldn’t see her. Wayne went down to the river below and could see her. She had landed on a wee ledge about 60 foot down.

“If that hadn’t been there she would have gone 150 feet.

“He could see her from behind the bush up on the ledge. It was quite a distance up.

“It would have been impossible for anyone not professionally trained to go down there.

“We phoned the fire brigade at about six. My partner had to go all the way back out the glen, a good hour or so run, to get them because they didn’t know where we were.

“They brought about five or six fire engines, and mountain rescue groups. By that time it was about half seven. So they had to light it up and went down with all sorts of stuff to try to get to her.

“They eventually got down to Roxy. They went down a couple of times then winched her up in a dog bag. They had to be very careful as the ledge was only about two foot by two foot, there was no space.”

Pipa was quick to thank the fire and rescue crews involved.

She said: “It must have took them 40 minutes to an hour in total to rescue Roxy. With 30 to 50 personnel there.

“I just want to say thank you to them for doing that.

“Roxy would have been dead if it wasn’t for them. She would have frozen to death on that ledge, it was a cold night.

“The fire guys put themselves at risk. It was very difficult conditions to set up lights and get down to try and get Roxy.

“Without them she would be dead. Nobody would have got her at all in the pitch dark and the freezing cold.

“I take my hat off to them.

“She was really lucky. She had nothing at all to keep her warm.

“I was absolutely panic stricken.

“I thought they would radio up and say she was dead.

“But when she came up she was running about and rolling over for the firemen to stroke her belly.

“When we got home, she went straight for her dinner.

“She is so lucky. She never had a scratch on her. It’s dangerous out there. You have really got to know the area because if you go over that cliff you are a gonner.

“Everyone is just really relieved and happy that we have got her back home safe.”

Fire crews from Dalkeith, Tollcross and Liberton attended the incident.

A spokesperson for Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: “After assessing the situation, crews decided the safest way to get to the dog was to deploy the rope rescue team. Using lines and a harness firefighters made their way down the embankment and managed to lift the dog to safety.”