Dog trapped in 81-foot hole for 6 days rescued
Video courtesy DLNR
When a 1-year-old hunting dog named Orange fell 81 feet into a shaft in the Lihue-Koloa Forest Reserve on Kauai, it was a state botanist who came to his rescue.
A one-year-old Catahoula hunting dog named Orange fell into a pit in the Koloa section of the Lihue-Koloa Forest Reserve on Saturday.
The dog's owner, Tarvan Orsatelli, had a GPS tracker on him and was able to locate him quickly.
Tarvan Orsatelli, with his family and friends, would lower food and water into the hole over the past five days, trying to figure out how to extract him.
They knew Orange was alive from the whimpers and howls.
DLNR officials said it is believed that the vertical, tubular-shaped cavern is part of an old water irrigation system.
The Kauai Fire Department was initially called for help. However, the ladders were only 25 feet long, while the hole was 81 feet deep.
On Thursday, botanist Adam Williams, also an experienced climber, was enlisted to rappel into the hole to rescue Orange.
Adam Williams rigged his climbing gear, tied off to a stout Guava tree and began lowering himself down. Williams also carried a radio and air monitoring device to the bottom with him.
Adam Williams was at the bottom of the hole within a few minutes and found the dog very excited to see him.
Adam Williams bundled Orange into a small canvas bag before the people standing above began to slowly pull him to safety.
Adam Williams said he could see Orange kicking the sides of the duffel, but once above ground, he quickly exited the bag and shook himself off.
Owner Tarvan Orsatelli said Orange has a few scrapes and clearly lost some weight during his ordeal.
DLNR officials said animal control officer Kewehi Harris of the Kauai Humane Society took Orange in to be checked by a veterinarian.
Owner Tarvan Orsatelli said Orange is shaping up to be one of his best hunting dogs.
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