Mountain rescue team forced to carry 9st St Bernard down England’s highest peak after she refused to walk


A MOUNTAIN rescue team was scrambled up England’s highest mountain – after a dog refused to walk down with its owners.

Daisy, a 55kg St Bernard, had enough after scaling 978metres up Scafell Pike and sat down exhausted.

The owners didn’t know what to do to shift their enormous beast and phoned Cumbria Police who called in Wasdale MRT.

A team of six took advice from a local vet before they loaded Daisy on to a stretcher and carried her to the bottom to safety.

The rescue team said: “Our members didn’t need to think twice about mobilising and deploying to help retrieve Daisy off England’s highest mountain.

“We recognise that our mission ‘To save life and alleviate distress’ extends further than just the visitors and the local community who visit or live within our area of responsibility.

“Having team members with their own pampered pooches at home and also our very own much adored search dog Jess, we recognise the distress that both an animal can feel and also that of their owners.”

They gave Daisy analgesia for pain in her legs before tempting her onto the stretcher with treats.

The dog “quickly settled” and “realised that we were trying to help her”.

The team added: “Apart from the odd little adjustment, the evacuation was found to be not that much different to a normal adult evacuation which is, of course, the bread and butter of our team.”

After a good night’s sleep Daisy has made a full recovery.

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