The Patterdale MRT rescuers with Kim and the dog's owner. Photo: Patterdale MRT

The Patterdale MRT rescuers with Kim and the dog's owner. Photo: Patterdale MRT

A sheepdog was brought to safety by a mountain rescue team after getting stuck on a Lake District crag.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team was called out about 5pm on Monday to help a local shepherd with his dog on St Sunday Crag.

A team spokesperson said: “The shepherd was clearing sheep with his pack of dogs when Kim, a blue merle border collie, went up into the crags in East Chockstone Gully and became stuck on a ledge.

“The shepherd attempted to climb up to the dog but the terrain became too steep and dangerous. He eventually managed to down-climb and then started to descend to the valley bottom where he met the rescue team coming up the fell.

“It was ascertained that the shepherd was OK, just a little shook up. The team then ascended to the base of the crags to locate the dog. Unfortunately with the light failing and the gullies and crags in thick mist the search had to be called off until the following morning.”

The rescue resumed at first light on Tuesday, with the four Patterdale MRT members making their way up the steep slopes of the fell to a position under the crags, from where the dog was spotted high on East Chockstone Gully.

The spokesperson said: “Technical climbing gear was used to ascend the steep gully which was full of loose wet rock. Once they made the ledge another rope system was used to descend back down the gully.

“Kim and the shepherd were then re-united after a long wet night.”

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