Fla. FF rescues goat from 30-foot sinkhole

Firefighter Adam Hudson with the High Springs Fire Department used some new rope rescue gear to help the four-legged patient


Richard Tribou
Orlando Sentinel

ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. — A Florida fire department played the part of good neighbor when it rescued a goat from a 30-foot-deep sinkhole.

Firefighter Adam Hudson with the High Springs Fire Department in Alachua County descended into the sinkhole on Sunday, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page.

“Once at the bottom, the goat was found on a ledge a few feet away from Hudson. Scared and exhausted, our four-legged friend nearly fell into the outstretched arms of his rescuer. The goat and Firefighter Hudson were hoisted back up, with little trouble and no injury,” the post stated.

The department has made five sinkhole rescues already within the last year. In this case, the owner of the goat heard the cries of the animal and called the fire department.

“Thanks to a recent purchase of new rope-rescue gear, and continued technical rescue training by your firefighters, crews were on-scene for only 90 minutes,” the post stated.

Firefighter Adam Hudson with the High Springs Fire Department in Alachua County descended into the sinkhole on Sunday, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page.
Firefighter Adam Hudson with the High Springs Fire Department in Alachua County descended into the sinkhole on Sunday, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page. (Photo/High Springs FD)

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