Man saved from septic tank in Terrey Hills, NSW

A dog’s bark prompted the dramatic rescue of a man trapped in a horrific and dangerous situation in New South Wales.

A man trapped in a septic tank with rising water has been dramatically rescued thanks to the barking of a dog.

The repairman, in his 40s, was trapped face down in the tank for more than an hour in Terrey Hills, north of Sydney, around 12:30pm on Wednesday.

The man was found after a 13-year-old girl’s dog began barking and whining frantically on a walk around the Myoora Road property, prompting her to urgently call emergency services.

In an effort to save the man, the girl threw a rope into the tank for the man to grab while waiting for crews to arrive.

The man was freed from the 2.3-meter-deep tank after a 40-minute rescue operation and was rushed to Northern Beaches Hospital in stable condition.

NSW Ambulance Inspector Charnan Kurth said authorities installed a rope transport system to lift the man out of the tank as the water level rose.

“NSW ambulance paramedics arrived on scene and were faced with a challenging scene,” he said.

“The man was unable to free himself and had stated that the water inside the tank was rising.”

The border collie named “Spot” has been praised for saving the man from the ordeal.

“If the dog hadn’t heard the man’s screams, it might not have been such a good ending,” a paramedic said.

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