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Lost sheepdog rescued from gorge by abseiling rescuers

Working dog Nell had been missing for 12 days from a croft in Inverness-shire.

In safe hands: Sheepdog Nell had gone missing 12 days ago.
In safe hands: Sheepdog Nell had gone missing 12 days ago. Lochaber MRT

A sheepdog missing for almost two weeks is safe and well after mountain rescuers abseiled into a mountain gorge where she was stuck.

Twelve-year-old Nell had gone missing from a local croft 12 days before she was recovered from the Monessie Gorge, on the River Spean at Roybridge, in Inverness-shire.

She was spotted by a member of the public who alerted Lochaber mountain rescue team members who dropped into the gorge on abseil ropes to bring her to safety.

After some coaxing, they were able to carry her out of the gorge and she was reunited with her owner.

Rock and a hard place: Nell was found trapped in the gorge.
Rock and a hard place: Nell was found trapped in the gorge. Lochaber MRT

In a Facebook post, Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team said: "She was spotted tonight by a member of public near the foot of the gorge. 

"To get to the dog the team had to abseil down into the gorge over the River Spean.

"She was a bit timid but after a wee bit of smooth-talking and a dog biscuit she was coaxed out of her lair.

"Apart for being a wee bit smelly, sorry for herself and hungry, she does not seem to be any worse for her experience."

On the up and up: Abseilers carried sheepdog Nell to safety.
On the up and up: Abseilers carried sheepdog Nell to safety. Lochaber MRT

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