Dog survives 104ft plunge from Nidd Viaduct near Harrogate

York Press: Lola with her owners, Rachel Riley and her husband Dave Lola with her owners, Rachel Riley and her husband Dave

A DOG owner has told of the moment her golden retriever tumbled 104ft from a North Yorkshire viaduct – but somehow survived.

Lola, who is 19 months old, was enjoying her walk when she jumped over the wall of the Nidd Viaduct near Harrogate and into the River Nidd below.

Her owner, Rachel Riley, 31, said it was a “freak accident”, and said: “I thought she was dead.”

Rachel said: “Nothing stopped her, she just jumped over. I can never forgive myself for letting her off the lead.

“A nice walk turned into a nightmare. We chased after her and skidded along the river. We found her half a mile away standing there looking stunned and dazed.”

Rachel, from North Newbald in East Yorkshire, was visiting her cousin, who is also a dog owner, and they had to walk a mile back to the car with their injured pet after the accident on Sunday.

“She had a cut in her leg and we immediately walked her back, and took her to the vet hospital.”

At the hospital Lola had x-rays and the vets discovered she had collapsed lungs, but “amazingly she had not broken a bone”.

She then had emergency surgery to drain the fluid that had built up in her lungs.

“None of us, including the vet, can believe that she even survived the fall,” said Rachel, who was told to “fear the worst”.

But although Lola is still in hospital she is “doing okay”.

Now Rachel is trying to raise awareness about the danger spot. “I have spoken to other dog owners and it has apparently happened before. There were a lot of dogs walking off the lead.

“Owners should be warned to put their dogs on a lead while walking over this viaduct and other viaducts and bridges across the country.”

“Signs should be put up by the councils on these routes. I would hate this to happen to any other dog and for any other owner to witness what we did.”

She thanked those who had come to Lola’s assistance. “I would like to thank everyone who helped, especially the vets for their quick response. They saved my dog’s life.

“I am hoping and keeping everything crossed that she will make a full recovery. She has been so brave and survived so much already.”

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12:08pm Wed 12 Feb 14

mrcharly says...

I'm very glad to hear that the dog survived.

But. Seriously. "The council should put up signs." You are walking next to a 100foot drop with a low wall. Use some common sense, don't demand a nanny state.
I'm very glad to hear that the dog survived. But. Seriously. "The council should put up signs." You are walking next to a 100foot drop with a low wall. Use some common sense, don't demand a nanny state. mrcharly
  • Score: 28

12:45pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Ghost face says...

"Common sense"

The council opened the viaduct last year after been
Closed for years due to been unsafe and when they
Re-open it, it still has low walls!

Don't think they have a leg to stand on when it comes
To common sense.
"Common sense" The council opened the viaduct last year after been Closed for years due to been unsafe and when they Re-open it, it still has low walls! Don't think they have a leg to stand on when it comes To common sense. Ghost face
  • Score: 0

4:13pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Woody G Mellor says...

Looks like a labrador to me.
Looks like a labrador to me. Woody G Mellor
  • Score: 2

5:09pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Daisy75 says...

Darwinism at work, unfortunately her poor judgement impacted on her dog's safety, rather than hers.
Darwinism at work, unfortunately her poor judgement impacted on her dog's safety, rather than hers. Daisy75
  • Score: 3

5:27pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Grey Lady says...

Might be better to close the viaduct again, if the walls are that low what's to stop a child from falling over.
Might be better to close the viaduct again, if the walls are that low what's to stop a child from falling over. Grey Lady
  • Score: -1

6:28pm Wed 12 Feb 14

dsom73 says...

Grey Lady wrote:
Might be better to close the viaduct again, if the walls are that low what's to stop a child from falling over.
Yes. Or a tory voter.
[quote][p][bold]Grey Lady[/bold] wrote: Might be better to close the viaduct again, if the walls are that low what's to stop a child from falling over.[/p][/quote]Yes. Or a tory voter. dsom73
  • Score: 0

7:04pm Wed 12 Feb 14

redbluelion says...

dsom73 wrote:
Grey Lady wrote: Might be better to close the viaduct again, if the walls are that low what's to stop a child from falling over.
Yes. Or a tory voter.
MAYBE DAVID CAMERON CAN TAKE A WALK THERE ONE SUNDAY AND SOMEBODY CAN PUSH HIM OVER....Now someone will report me for this im sure....lol
[quote][p][bold]dsom73[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Grey Lady[/bold] wrote: Might be better to close the viaduct again, if the walls are that low what's to stop a child from falling over.[/p][/quote]Yes. Or a tory voter.[/p][/quote]MAYBE DAVID CAMERON CAN TAKE A WALK THERE ONE SUNDAY AND SOMEBODY CAN PUSH HIM OVER....Now someone will report me for this im sure....lol redbluelion
  • Score: 2

8:26pm Wed 12 Feb 14

spockboy2 says...

Doggone
Doggone spockboy2
  • Score: -2

10:23pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Barny23 says...

Unfortunately, if you are not from the area, it is not clear there is such a drop from the viaduct, the viaduct Is lead to straight from a flat field where lots of dogs on a daily basis walk without harm. The drop cannot be seen until u are already on the viaduct. Which is clearly the situation these people found themselves in. To people who do not walk here would never know this. People who don't know situations clearly should not be so judgemental. Lola was being a typical dog, thankfully she survived but more should be done to warn walkers/ cyclists/ horse riders that the viaduct is higher than it first appears.
Unfortunately, if you are not from the area, it is not clear there is such a drop from the viaduct, the viaduct Is lead to straight from a flat field where lots of dogs on a daily basis walk without harm. The drop cannot be seen until u are already on the viaduct. Which is clearly the situation these people found themselves in. To people who do not walk here would never know this. People who don't know situations clearly should not be so judgemental. Lola was being a typical dog, thankfully she survived but more should be done to warn walkers/ cyclists/ horse riders that the viaduct is higher than it first appears. Barny23
  • Score: 5

10:30pm Wed 12 Feb 14

henleazeyorkie says...

We (seriously) had a similar headline here in Bristol last Summer. "Cat stuck in melting tarmac"

Clearly the World has gone (for the sake of "good" news) bonkers
We (seriously) had a similar headline here in Bristol last Summer. "Cat stuck in melting tarmac" Clearly the World has gone (for the sake of "good" news) bonkers henleazeyorkie
  • Score: -2

3:01am Thu 13 Feb 14

Magicman! says...

mrcharly wrote:
I'm very glad to hear that the dog survived.

But. Seriously. "The council should put up signs." You are walking next to a 100foot drop with a low wall. Use some common sense, don't demand a nanny state.
Exactly. dogs can be unpredictable. Would you walk your dog on the pathway beside the A64 without it being on a lead? Likewise if there's a risk the dog could injure itself or others by not being on a lead then it should be restrained by the lead (by 'injuring others', I am thinking about dogs running free on designated cycle paths, whereby a dog could cause a rider to come off and either into street furniture, a spiked fence, or into the path of a vehicle)
By all means let the dog have a run on open grassland or a forest path, anywhere where its safe to do so.
[quote][p][bold]mrcharly[/bold] wrote: I'm very glad to hear that the dog survived. But. Seriously. "The council should put up signs." You are walking next to a 100foot drop with a low wall. Use some common sense, don't demand a nanny state.[/p][/quote]Exactly. dogs can be unpredictable. Would you walk your dog on the pathway beside the A64 without it being on a lead? Likewise if there's a risk the dog could injure itself or others by not being on a lead then it should be restrained by the lead (by 'injuring others', I am thinking about dogs running free on designated cycle paths, whereby a dog could cause a rider to come off and either into street furniture, a spiked fence, or into the path of a vehicle) By all means let the dog have a run on open grassland or a forest path, anywhere where its safe to do so. Magicman!
  • Score: 2

7:52am Thu 13 Feb 14

Barny23 says...

Magic man seriously read my comment or come visit the area then you would know, it's nothing like walking next the A64 because like I've already said you cannot tell it's a viaduct or that there is a 100ft drop until your already stood halfway across. Stop looking for someone to blame and take it as the freak accident it was. I hope people are not so judgemental if anything were to happen to you lot or u made an error you had to live with.
Magic man seriously read my comment or come visit the area then you would know, it's nothing like walking next the A64 because like I've already said you cannot tell it's a viaduct or that there is a 100ft drop until your already stood halfway across. Stop looking for someone to blame and take it as the freak accident it was. I hope people are not so judgemental if anything were to happen to you lot or u made an error you had to live with. Barny23
  • Score: 1

8:22am Thu 13 Feb 14

MrsHoney says...

I've known several dogs who have enthusiastically jumped over walls only to get a nasty shock. Lucky for them it wasn't as bad as a 100ft drop! Ours certainly never did it again after dropping 10ft into a stream. They were very lucky their dog survived, I can imagine how sick they were feeling. You can't always know what's up ahead on a walk but it's no life for a dog if they're constantly on a lead! You can just use your common sense but accept that life is full of risk, even when you're a dog.
I've known several dogs who have enthusiastically jumped over walls only to get a nasty shock. Lucky for them it wasn't as bad as a 100ft drop! Ours certainly never did it again after dropping 10ft into a stream. They were very lucky their dog survived, I can imagine how sick they were feeling. You can't always know what's up ahead on a walk but it's no life for a dog if they're constantly on a lead! You can just use your common sense but accept that life is full of risk, even when you're a dog. MrsHoney
  • Score: 3

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