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Missing dog located on Lakeland fell after owner hired private helicopter

The Westmorland Gazette: Lewis Blythe and Murphy Lewis Blythe and Murphy

A PET dog missing for five days on the Lakeland fells has been found safe and well after its owner hired a private helicopter a specially trained search dog to help locate the animal.

Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team seached over five days to try and find the boxer called Murphy after its owner reported it missing on Monday.

But the animal was only rescued yesterday evening after the helicopter search located  it at Fall Crag, below Angle Tarn, near Hartsop.

Owner Lewis Blythe, of Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, is reported to have been holidaying in Windermere with his partner when Murphy went missing.

Despite the daily efforts of the Patterdale team, the boxer was not found so the owner decided to hire a helicopter at a reported cost of £1,000.

Patterdale MRT said they were alerted to the the helicopter search after receiving an emergency call yesterday evening.

A team spokesman said: "The 999 call came through on a roaming emergency system and the team were therefore unable to re-contact the man.

"With very little information to go on, and not knowing if the caller and dog were stuck in a dangerous situation on the mountain, the team went quickly to their aid.

"On route the team heard from a member of the public that the dog and owner and had been airlifted by private helicopter and were safely on their way to the Lancaster area.

"The dog had actually gone missing on Monday afternoon and team members had assisted the man to search for the dog each day since then.

"We are very pleased that the outcome was so positive for Murphy, who was found fit and well."

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11:25pm Sun 20 Apr 14

KendalSmithy says...

Let's hope he rewards the Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team for their five days of hard work just as - if not more - generously.
Let's hope he rewards the Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team for their five days of hard work just as - if not more - generously. KendalSmithy
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8:47am Tue 22 Apr 14

hogheaven says...

Think it is time everybody had third party insurance to pay for such events it could be added to household or car insurance at little cost.Would also cover your kids for damaging a neighbours property,car etc Cyclists would be covered also and of course walkers on the fells
Think it is time everybody had third party insurance to pay for such events it could be added to household or car insurance at little cost.Would also cover your kids for damaging a neighbours property,car etc Cyclists would be covered also and of course walkers on the fells hogheaven
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4:40pm Tue 22 Apr 14

WilliamT says...

If the Patterdale team are daft enough to spend the money donated by the public looking for a dog belonging to a man who didn't even bother to tell them he was also looking by helicopter, then it's for them to justify the search. Apparently there was some social media appeal for money to pay for the helicopter- well, if they're daft enough...
If the Patterdale team are daft enough to spend the money donated by the public looking for a dog belonging to a man who didn't even bother to tell them he was also looking by helicopter, then it's for them to justify the search. Apparently there was some social media appeal for money to pay for the helicopter- well, if they're daft enough... WilliamT
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5:53pm Tue 22 Apr 14

blade stall says...

Today I had the pleasure of flying in the same helicopter with the pilot that found the dog. The pilot flew free of charge and the owner was only charged a fraction of the operating cost of the helicopter.

Don't we all love a happy ending!!!
Today I had the pleasure of flying in the same helicopter with the pilot that found the dog. The pilot flew free of charge and the owner was only charged a fraction of the operating cost of the helicopter. Don't we all love a happy ending!!! blade stall
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6:25pm Tue 22 Apr 14

WilliamT says...

blade stall wrote:
Today I had the pleasure of flying in the same helicopter with the pilot that found the dog. The pilot flew free of charge and the owner was only charged a fraction of the operating cost of the helicopter.

Don't we all love a happy ending!!!
This claim does not ring true. There was a big story about celebrities joining the campaign to raise money for a search for the dog, the owner being a member of some dog club down in East Anglia etc. Now we have someone saying he was on the very same helicopter only today, and also happening to be a poster on the WG news site. I can understand a pilot flying without payment- they like flying, but 'a fraction of the cost of operating the helicopter' sounds like, say, 20% of the cost. They use a lot of fuel- no commercial company is going to operate such a subsidy, I think.
[quote][p][bold]blade stall[/bold] wrote: Today I had the pleasure of flying in the same helicopter with the pilot that found the dog. The pilot flew free of charge and the owner was only charged a fraction of the operating cost of the helicopter. Don't we all love a happy ending!!![/p][/quote]This claim does not ring true. There was a big story about celebrities joining the campaign to raise money for a search for the dog, the owner being a member of some dog club down in East Anglia etc. Now we have someone saying he was on the very same helicopter only today, and also happening to be a poster on the WG news site. I can understand a pilot flying without payment- they like flying, but 'a fraction of the cost of operating the helicopter' sounds like, say, 20% of the cost. They use a lot of fuel- no commercial company is going to operate such a subsidy, I think. WilliamT
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11:16pm Tue 22 Apr 14

blade stall says...

WilliamT wrote:
blade stall wrote:
Today I had the pleasure of flying in the same helicopter with the pilot that found the dog. The pilot flew free of charge and the owner was only charged a fraction of the operating cost of the helicopter.

Don't we all love a happy ending!!!
This claim does not ring true. There was a big story about celebrities joining the campaign to raise money for a search for the dog, the owner being a member of some dog club down in East Anglia etc. Now we have someone saying he was on the very same helicopter only today, and also happening to be a poster on the WG news site. I can understand a pilot flying without payment- they like flying, but 'a fraction of the cost of operating the helicopter' sounds like, say, 20% of the cost. They use a lot of fuel- no commercial company is going to operate such a subsidy, I think.
William,

The helicopter involved had flown on an unrelated commercial operation earlier the same day only half an hours flying time from the missing dog incident. This effectively subsidised the dog searching element of the day.
Anyway what has what an owner spends on a private helicopter got to do with anyone here??? Its a fantastic use of a fantastic resource, and like I said it has a happy ending!!!
[quote][p][bold]WilliamT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]blade stall[/bold] wrote: Today I had the pleasure of flying in the same helicopter with the pilot that found the dog. The pilot flew free of charge and the owner was only charged a fraction of the operating cost of the helicopter. Don't we all love a happy ending!!![/p][/quote]This claim does not ring true. There was a big story about celebrities joining the campaign to raise money for a search for the dog, the owner being a member of some dog club down in East Anglia etc. Now we have someone saying he was on the very same helicopter only today, and also happening to be a poster on the WG news site. I can understand a pilot flying without payment- they like flying, but 'a fraction of the cost of operating the helicopter' sounds like, say, 20% of the cost. They use a lot of fuel- no commercial company is going to operate such a subsidy, I think.[/p][/quote]William, The helicopter involved had flown on an unrelated commercial operation earlier the same day only half an hours flying time from the missing dog incident. This effectively subsidised the dog searching element of the day. Anyway what has what an owner spends on a private helicopter got to do with anyone here??? Its a fantastic use of a fantastic resource, and like I said it has a happy ending!!! blade stall
  • Score: 5

11:22am Wed 23 Apr 14

tictoc1 says...

Glad the dog is back home :-)
Well done to everyone that helped! Clearly "some" people in the world with a heart!
Glad the dog is back home :-) Well done to everyone that helped! Clearly "some" people in the world with a heart! tictoc1
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