Louis was unharmed in his ordeal. Photo: Moffat MRT

Louis was unharmed in his ordeal. Photo: Moffat MRT

A puppy was rescued after surviving a 300ft fall on a Scottish hillside.

Police asked for the help of Moffat Mountain Rescue Team on Wednesday after springer spaniel Louis’s owners reported the incident.

The 15-month-old dog had slipped his lead and fallen below the main path at the Grey Mare’s Tail near White Comb in the Moffat Hills.

The team was called out at 1pm and two parties ascended either side of the waterfall, which is in a deep gully, to try to find the pup.

Team members with the rescued dog. Photo: Moffat MRT

Team members with the rescued dog. Photo: Moffat MRT

A team spokesperson said: “The team could hear him whining but he was very difficult to locate.

“After about 45 minutes of searching he was spotted by the search team on a small ledge having fallen over 300ft. There was still another 300ft of vertical drop below Louis’s resting place.

“The team set up a technical lower with ground anchors and lowered a team member down to the very frightened dog. It took some time to calm Louis down and coax him into a rucksack while the team above changed the lower into the technical raise with a pulley system to bring the team member and Louis back up to safety.

The Grey Mare's Tail in the Moffat Hills. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The Grey Mare's Tail in the Moffat Hills. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

“Unbelievably Louis was not injured and was able to walk off the hill to be reunited with his extremely grateful and excited owners at about 4.30pm, about five hours after the incident had occurred.

“All in all, a very satisfying day’s rescue for the team. The whole of the team wishes Louis well and hope he gets a good supper tonight.”

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