Dog Saves Man Trapped in Hole for Days
Pulled his owner toward rocks
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 26, 2013 10:50 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Mole just pulled a Lassie. The mixed-breed dog was out for a walk with his owner on a California trail when he began acting strangely yesterday. Mole "kept on tugging at my pant and whining, pulling me," Ramon Llamas tells Fox 11. The source of the commotion: something was trapped in a crevice between two boulders. "I see his big eyes and his face; I thought it was a bear," Llamas says. After he and some fellow hikers called 911, they discovered that the "animal" in the hole was in fact a man.

The man, who identified himself as Paul, was feebly asking for water; the hikers tossed some bottles into the hole. It took rescuers an hour to extricate Paul, who they believe had been trapped for as long as five days between the rocks, which were located down a slope about 200 feet from the main trail, reports the Press Enterprise; it's unclear how he got stuck. He was severely dehydrated and has been hospitalized, and will be OK, officials say. "He'd be dead if it wasn't for that dog," says a firefighter. "Yeah, I know," Llamas says. "But it hasn't really hit me yet, although he is a tough, good dog."

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Mar 28, 2013 1:12 PM CDT
Great dog, and stupid human. If you hike alone, tell someone where you're going and when you'll be back, so that when you don't return, they send a search party.
Mar 26, 2013 9:07 PM CDT
Good doggie!!
Mar 26, 2013 7:55 PM CDT
Put Mole on a USAR team. I'm a reluctant victim for our local team. They find a pile of concrete from some road construction and they use a crane to create a hole about 10 feet down. Then they put large blocks on top and leave a small hole that can be covered with 4 firemen. So its not like I'm going to get out very quick. The first 5 minutes is horrible as every phobia kicks in. But as my eyes adjust I can see inside the pile and the openings. The good part is its done in early May so its not yet too hot. After a while you cool down and you can just drink your bottled water. You have to remain totally silent so the animal just smells you out and hears your basic body functions like heartbeat. They run around 8 dogs by you every15 minutes. Its usually about 50/50 that it finds you. That's because they mix in well seasoned dogs with new ones. You feel sorry for the ones that miss you but its part of the process. When you get to leave the hole, you feel extremely relaxed. I can only imagine how it feels for someone accidentally entombed.