Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team has welcomed on board its newest recruit after rescuing his dog earlier in the year.
Owen Danter, from Beverley, has also raised more than £800 for the charity following an incident on New Year’s Day involving his Labrador Ruby.
Welcoming in 2013, Mr Danter and his wife had been out walking with their three Labradors. Having parked at Levisham Elbow then walked off past Skelton Tower, north towards Hole of Horcum.
When they reached the high escarpment of Yewtree Scar above Newtondale Halt one of the labs, Ruby, got too close to the edge and slipped through the heather.
Mr Danter’s partner went to see and slipped as well but managed to stop herself falling all the way to the bottom.
Mr Danter phoned the police and asked for assistance. The police in turn contacted Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team to ask if they could affect a rescue.
Recalling the incident Ian Hugill from the Mountain Rescue team said: “We were able to call Owen and got a rough location. The team were subsequently called out and after about an hours searching the couple and the injured dog were located.
“When the team arrived at the accident site the owners were with the injured dog which was in obvious distress.
“As one of our team members is a qualified vet, Ruby was soon in good hands.
“She was given sedatives so we could carry her to the awaiting team Landrover without further distressing her.
“Ruby had badly dislocated her hip, injured her back and was also suffering from internal bleeding. The team evacuated her to the duty vet at Pickering, where by tea time she was heavily sedated, on a drip and described as stable.”
A total of 20 team members took part in the rescue which was completed in four hours.
Six months later and Ruby has made a full recovery.
In honour of the rescue effort Mr Danter has now joined the Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue team as a trainee operational member, deploying on his first live incident last month.
He also recently ran in the Beverley 10k in support of the team and raised in excess of £800 which Ruby ‘donated’ to the team at one of their training evenings.