Lucky Dog trapped for more than 3 days in Ogof Taf Fechan caves is rescued by specialist teams

Rescue helping a dog in the mud dog-wow
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George, the terrier dog was trapped in a ten metre deep, Welsh cave. He has now been reunited with his owner, after the Mid Wales Cave Rescue Team came to his rescue.

By Dawn Parrish

Published on the 11/02/2019, 08:00, Updated on the 19/12/2019, 15:28

On the edges of the Brecon Beacons National Park, George the terrier got more than he bargained for when he went exploring. Somehow, he managed to enter the muddy caves and was unable to find his way out. The complex caves location means that there are several entrances but all are too small and inaccessible by humans. How on earth was the trapped dog going to escape?

Call in the specialist rescue teams

The terrier’s owner, Alex Barrett, spent around 8 hours trying to rescue his trapped dog. He could actually hear him crying and barking, but unfortunately had no success. An SOS call was made to the South and Mid Wales Cave Rescue and South Wales Fire and Rescue Service teams. The cave rescue team had previously helped to save 12 trapped Thai boys from a flooded cavern. They arrived to survey the caves and began an attempt to rescue the dog trapped in there.

A massive 72 hour digging endeavour

The Rescue teams spent the next 72 hours excavating through hard rock and mud at the Ogof Taf Fechan caves in Cwm Fechan near Merthyr Tydfil. They eventually made a breakthrough and were able to offer food and drink to the trapped dog by holding this out on a long stick. At last, after this marathon rescue effort, George the terrier was released, into the arms of his ecstatic and relieved owner.

Apparently it’s not the first time that George has needed help. He was trapped down another hole a few weeks ago, when his owner called out the Fire Brigade. He had best keep him on a short lead from now on!


The moment George was brought to the surface after his unplanned caving trip at Ogof Taf Fechan!

Posted by South & Mid Wales Cave Rescue Team on Wednesday, February 6, 2019

George reunited with his owner Alex. Both look happy!

Posted by South & Mid Wales Cave Rescue Team on Wednesday, February 6, 2019

George being brought to surface by SMWCRT member Vince Allkins.

Posted by South & Mid Wales Cave Rescue Team on Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Thumbs up!

Posted by South & Mid Wales Cave Rescue Team on Wednesday, February 6, 2019