HARRISONBURG — Rockingham County’s technical rescue team put its training to the test Tuesday afternoon and saved a calf that had fallen in a well near Elkton.
Crews were called at about 3 p.m. to the 5000 block of Greenwood Road off East Point Road, where a 150-pound calf had fallen into an abandoned well about 8 feet to 10 feet deep, first responders say.
The rescue team set up hoisting equipment and pulleys before a firefighter descended into the ground to put a sling around the animal, Rockingham County Fire and Rescue Chief Jeremy Holloway said.
The group was assisted at the scene by Elkton fire and rescue personnel.
The calf was lifted from the well about 30 minutes after the team arrived.
Holloway said it was the first large-animal rescue that the team had done since getting training for it in May in Chesterfield County.
Firefighters had assisted in minor animal rescue operations previously, he said, but not to the technical degree of Tuesday’s incident.
“It’s really not a one-person effort,” he said. “It takes the whole group when you got the mechanical setup and ropes and pulleys.”
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