Scooby is star of drainpipe drama
AN OVERJOYED family have been reunited with their dog after a massive effort to rescue him from a storm drain.
A fire and rescue crew, Environment Agency staff and drainage specialists Dyno-Rod joined residents in Lanivet to search for Scooby, a ten-month-old Jack Russell, owned by Mark Holten and his partner Lindsey Gabriel.
Mr Holten crawled through the 3ft wide, mile and a half-long storm pipe to look for Scooby before he was found safe and well 24 hours after he disappeared.
The family say they cannot believe the huge efforts people made to find him.
The drama started on Sunday afternoon when the dog dashed up the storm drain and would not return, prompting Mr Holten to call the fire brigade; a crew attended but could not locate Scooby.
Next he made an emergency call to Dyno-Rod who came out and had no luck either. The company agreed to come back the following morning with specialist camera equipment brought from Southampton at a cost of £1,000, but ended up waiving their charges.
Mr Holten, 34, said: "I was desperate to get the dog back.
"I ended up crawling into the pipe at 1.30am because I could hear him barking, but had to turn back after a while because it was getting a bit scary.
"The next morning, someone in the Spar shop heard barking coming from under the main road and they put a poster up in the shop about Scooby going missing.
"Then four staff from the Environment Agency arrived and went into the storm drain with wetsuits, but still they couldn't find him.
"The bloke from Dyno-Rod came back on Monday in his free time to look for Scooby again, because he knew how desperate we were to find him – he was amazing really, he spent three hours trying to locate the dog, and later Dyno-Rod's area manager told me they wouldn't charge me for getting the specialist camera equipment to Lanivet – which was fantastic of them."
Meanwhile the family had put the dog's plight on Facebook, and 200 people responded. But it all ended well at 6.30pm on Monday night.
Mr Holten said: "Everyone had spent hours looking for him. Lindsey and her friend Kayleigh Penwill were searching an area near the other end of the storm drain and heard a whimpering sound and Kayliegh found Scooby curled up in a bramble hedge. He looked frightened, but he was OK.
"I just want to thank everyone for their amazing support in trying to find him, the response was fantastic.''
Dyno-Rod's South West manager, Andy Kibblewhite said: "As soon as we got the call we wanted to do all we could to help find Scooby, with our CCTV cameras, drains excavation expertise and technical knowledge, however in the end he made his way out on his own."