Rescue team abseil down sinkhole to rescue dog

A dog had to be rescued after falling down a sinkhole in South Tyneside.

The Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue service carried out the rescue operation in Whitburn, just after 12pm on Friday.

It is believed there was water in the hole and there were concerns that the dog may have been at risk of drowning.

It took 45 minutes to rescue the dog from the hole. Credit: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.

It took 45 minutes to rescue the dog from the hole. Credit: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.

Credit: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.

Credit: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.

Two specialist rope rescue crews from South Shields attended the incident on Mill Lane.

Two team members were involved in rescuing the dog from the sinkhole.

It took 45 minutes in total to rescue the dog from the hole.SPOKESPERSON, TYNE AND WEAR FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE

Credit: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.

Credit: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.

Credit: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service

Credit: Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service