Normally I refrain from critiquing what other SAR Techs do in the field because I wasn’t there but for this video I am going to make an exception.
I have done a few of these dog rescues. While I don’t like the idea of risking the life of a person for the life of a pet I do realize that if we don’t do it somebody else is likely going to give it a try which will inevitably lead to us having to rescue that person so we might as well do it ourselves from the outset. And, the media morons like it.
So anyway, you need to handle these kinds of scenarios a particular kind of way. You have to use a big duffle bag and you have to wear gloves to grab the dog and control it. You will need to use both your hands, although chances are that you are going to get bit anyway, which is why it should be a team based lower.
I would have positioned two teams above and on either side of the animal, set up two lowering systems, put a SAR Tech on each rope and lowered them down to the animal. One guy grabs and controls the mutt, the other gets him into the bag and secures it, then make a decision as to whether you lower to the bottom or re-rig for a raise. No muss, no fuss and its done.
That is not what this team did. They sent one guy from the side (perpendicular to the fall line), payed out a bunch of line, and let him try to manage the dog while at the same time moving. Bad idea all the way around and the result is what any experienced team leader should expect. Did they not see the pendulum danger with all that slack? What was the rope for anyway, it wasn’t going to be able to belay his fall or support him while he got the dog squared away.
The worst part about it for me, these guys are all wearing Mountain Rescue patches on their sleeves which means they are supposed to know something. They should have known better. Who did their certification? I would suggest a Reed Thorne Ropes That Rescue course or two before somebody gets hurt.