Labrador rescued from bottom of 20ft well after falling in during walk

A black Labrador has been reunited with his owner after falling down a 20ft well during a woodland walk this week. Roger Bacon had taken his two dogs out for a walk near Boyatt Lane, in Eastleigh, Hampshire, when he noticed Willy, seven, was no longer following. He then heard his pet barking from inside a deep and narrow pit concealed by ivy. Willy could also be heard splashing around in the water at the bottom of the well. Roger said: ‘I’ve lived in the area for years and never knew this well was hidden there. Anyone’s pet or even a child could be in danger of falling in.’
Roger called Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service for assistance with retrieving Willy. The service’s dedicated animal rescue team attended the scene, and firefighter Pete Richards was lowered into the well.
(Picture: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service) The seven-year-old canine, named Willy, accidentally fell down the well last night (Thursday 14 January) in a woodland near Boyatt Lane, Eastleigh. Willy?s owner, Roger Bacon, found his beloved pet after hearing his barks coming from the pit. The pair ? along with Roger?s second dog ? had been out for their usual evening walk when Roger realised Willy was no longer in tow. Roger searched the woodlands, following Willy?s cries, to find the opening concealed by ivy. The well that Willy was trapped in was deep and cramped, and he could be heard splashing in water at the bottom.
Willy, seven, was fortunately unharmed by the incident (Picture: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service)
He secured Willy at the bottom of the pit, and the dog was lifted out by firefighters using specialist equipment.

The dog, who fortunately did not sustain any injuries from the ordeal, was then taken to a decontamination area and cleaned with warm water. He has since been recovering with his owner at home.

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(Picture: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service) The seven-year-old canine, named Willy, accidentally fell down the well last night (Thursday 14 January) in a woodland near Boyatt Lane, Eastleigh. Willy?s owner, Roger Bacon, found his beloved pet after hearing his barks coming from the pit. The pair ? along with Roger?s second dog ? had been out for their usual evening walk when Roger realised Willy was no longer in tow. Roger searched the woodlands, following Willy?s cries, to find the opening concealed by ivy. The well that Willy was trapped in was deep and cramped, and he could be heard splashing in water at the bottom.
He was helped out the well by Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (Picture: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service)
(Picture: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service) The seven-year-old canine, named Willy, accidentally fell down the well last night (Thursday 14 January) in a woodland near Boyatt Lane, Eastleigh. Willy?s owner, Roger Bacon, found his beloved pet after hearing his barks coming from the pit. The pair ? along with Roger?s second dog ? had been out for their usual evening walk when Roger realised Willy was no longer in tow. Roger searched the woodlands, following Willy?s cries, to find the opening concealed by ivy. The well that Willy was trapped in was deep and cramped, and he could be heard splashing in water at the bottom.
The dog had fallen in while walking with his owner (Picture: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service)

Roger said after the incident: ‘Willy has had a much-needed bath and a good chew on his bone this morning and seems very well.

‘I hope other dog owners never have to go through the experience I had, but it’s a lesson to beware of hidden wells and pits when out walking. I am extremely grateful to HFRS for their quick and swift response in rescuing Willy.’

Animal Rescue Advisor Jim Green emphasised the importance in seeking professional help when animals get into difficulty.
(Picture: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service) The seven-year-old canine, named Willy, accidentally fell down the well last night (Thursday 14 January) in a woodland near Boyatt Lane, Eastleigh. Willy?s owner, Roger Bacon, found his beloved pet after hearing his barks coming from the pit. The pair ? along with Roger?s second dog ? had been out for their usual evening walk when Roger realised Willy was no longer in tow. Roger searched the woodlands, following Willy?s cries, to find the opening concealed by ivy. The well that Willy was trapped in was deep and cramped, and he could be heard splashing in water at the bottom.
He has since made a full recovery from the ordeal (Picture: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service)
(Picture: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service) The seven-year-old canine, named Willy, accidentally fell down the well last night (Thursday 14 January) in a woodland near Boyatt Lane, Eastleigh. Willy?s owner, Roger Bacon, found his beloved pet after hearing his barks coming from the pit. The pair ? along with Roger?s second dog ? had been out for their usual evening walk when Roger realised Willy was no longer in tow. Roger searched the woodlands, following Willy?s cries, to find the opening concealed by ivy. The well that Willy was trapped in was deep and cramped, and he could be heard splashing in water at the bottom.
The fire service decontaminated him after the incident (Picture: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service)

He went on: ‘As demonstrated by the complexity of this rescue, it is important to recognise your limitations and if necessary seek specialist advice.

‘HFRS are proud of our response to animal incidents by bringing knowledge and experience to reassure the public that we are responding for their safety and the safety of their furry family members.’

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