Last ef­fort to res­cue dog trapped in the Big Hole

Weekend Witness - - News - AN­DRÉ BOTHA and LECRECIA PRINS

KIM­BER­LEY — A po­lice he­li­copter will de­scend be­low the edge of the the Big Hole early this morn­ing in a last at­tempt to res­cue a dog trapped in the wa­ter for al­most a week.

Singer Kurt Dar­ren and his wife, Dunay, of­fered to pay for a he­li­copter to save the hap­less an­i­mal. It was not clear if their of­fer would be taken up

The res­cue op­er­a­tion was called off yes­ter­day evening when it be­came too dan­ger­ous to con­tinue try­ing to reach the dog, who was swim­ming near the wall.

Dur­ing the day, the dog, ap­par­ently a Labrador, some­times rested on ledges be­fore jump­ing back into the wa­ter, swim­ming strongly.de­spite its week­long or­deal.

De Beers re­gional spokesper­son Abel Madon­sela said the com­pany was only made aware of the dog’s plight yes­ter­day morn­ing, al­though it turned out a vis­i­tor had men­tioned to the tourism man­ager last Fri­day that he had seen a dog swim­ming in the hole.

Madon­sela said the man­ager didn’t be­lieve it un­til he saw for him­self yes­ter­day, where­after po­lice and ER24 res­cuers swung into ac­tion.

PHOTO: EMILE HEN­DRICKS

The dog swims near the wall of the Kim­ber­ley’s Big Hole yes­ter­day. It rested on ledges some of the time, hav­ing been in the hole for a week.

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