This is the moment quick-witted builders were able to save a dog from drowning in an irrigation canal in Ecuador using their digger.
Builders working near an irrigation canal in Pasaje Canton received a radio message that a dog was being swept into the fast-moving water towards them and that it was stuck in what was needed right now. is to save a dog from drowning.
A mason, known locally as Abel Murillo, climbed into the bucket of the excavator while a colleague dragged it across the canal and lowered it just above the water. Builders working by an irrigation canal in Pasaje Canton were warned by people further afield that a dog was being swept up by the fast currents and was drowning.
The other builders started screaming when the dog appeared, trying their best to keep its head above the dirty water and floating debris. Mr. Murillo called the dog and she was brought towards him in the excavator. He managed to hold on to the loose skin on her back, and the terrified animal bit him, before he managed to drag her inside the spoon.
Mr. Murillo’s colleagues brought the two back to dry ground, before the soggy dog came out, stunned but seemingly unharmed. The builders said they donated and raised money to get the dog to the vet, who was treated for the inflammation and infection.
Recounting the daring rescue in a radio interview, Mr Murillo said the builders were told the dog had been swept away when the aqueduct opened. He added: “We decided to use a bucket to rescue the dog, who looked exhausted from fighting the water”.
Their colleague Luis, who was seen climbing up the pipe, said the three of them were determined to rescue the dog, adding: ‘Thank God we caught it, we got it. can give the animal another chance at life.’