Maple Ridge firefighters pose with Corrado around 10 minutes after he was rescued. (Contributed)

Dog rescued in Maple Ridge after getting swept into fast-flowing culvert

Owner calls his dog’s survival ‘a miracle’

A man is lucky to still have his dog after the Labrador-collie cross was swept into a culvert in Golden Ears Provincial Park in the Lower Mainland.

Micheal Archibald and his five-year-old daughter Lexie took their two dogs for a walk by the horse corral, close to the entrance to the park in Maple Ridge, when all of a sudden, he could no longer see Corrado.

He could see a creek up ahead and knew his 10-year-old dog probably just ran into the water.

He could also see a culvert, around 40 centimetres in diametre, into which there was a heavy flow of water due to the heavy rains that hit the region overnight on Friday.

He knew instantly his dog was in the culvert.

READ MORE: Do not go near the Alouette River, B.C. Hydro warns

Archibald grabbed his daughter and raced to the other side of the road, but discovered that the culvert kept going down into a big gully.

Realizing how dangerous it would be to attempt to reach the end of the culvert with his daughter, they walked back to the road.

“I could hear him barking a couple of times from the road and I’m yelling for help,” said Archibald, but, he said, the culvert was about 50-metres long with a drop of about 10 metres within that span and after about 10 minutes the barking stopped.

He feared the worst – that his dog had died.

As they were walking back to their vehicle they came across Duncan native Mitchell Fitzgibbon and his partner Nicole Dalton, both of whom reside in North Vancouver, who were just starting out on a walk and asked them for help.

By this time, Archibald’s wife had raced to the park to pick up their daughter.

So Archibald went back to the culvert to attempt another rescue but gave up after another 45 minutes had passed without hearing any more barking.

RELATED: City of Maple Ridge says risk of flooding diminished along North and South Alouette River

Archibald went home.

About two hours later, Fitzgibbon and Dalton returned to the culvert – at the end of their walk – and they heard barking.

They immediately called him and he gathered some tools together and the help of a friend and raced back to the park.

By this time, the couple had called for help and Maple Ridge firefighters were on scene.

Fire chief Howard Exner says firefighters were on scene at about 1:30 p.m. and spent around three hours rescuing Corrado.

Luckily the dog had made it out the other side of the culvert, he said. But Corrado became tangled in debris and somehow ended up in a subterranean area that was created from a landslide.

Firefighters used shovels to dig the dog out and chainsaws to cut the wooden debris away.

“They did an amazing job,” said Archibald, who called his dog’s survival “a miracle.”

“Honestly when it happened there was no way you could have even thought that anything could have survived,” said Archibald.

Exner wants to remind people to stay at least 10-metres away from the edge of any watercourse.

“Because of the fact that they are in flood stage, they are all fast flowing and bad stuff will happen,” said Exner, adding that attempting a self rescue, in this case, could have led to a worse outcome.

The safety message, said Exner, is that during flood stages, when flooding is everywhere and watercourses are running very, very hard,they are very dangerous to be around.


 

cflanagan@mapleridgenews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Dogsfloodingrescue

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Voters in Saanich North and the Islands, here lining up outside Sidney’s Mary Winspear Centre on the first day of advanced voting, are among the provincial leaders in getting in their votes early. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
It’s Election Day in B.C.: Here’s what you need to know to vote

B.C.’s snap election has already broken records for advance voter turnout, mail-in ballots

The track washrooms will be opened up again next year in May. (Priyanka Ketkar photo/Lakes District News)
Toilets, sinks torn off, graffiti on walls at the Burns Lake track washroom

“Seems to happen once or twice a year” says the Village CAO on the vandalized track washroom

FILE - Nathan Cullen speaks to media in Smithers, B.C., Friday, February 28, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Horgan, Cullen apologize for Stikine candidate’s comments about Haida candidate

Nathan Cullen had made insensitive comments about Roy Jones Jr. Cheexial

The pile burning will occur to the south of François Lake. (Submitted/Lakes District News)
Pile burning and rehab work on three areas south of François Lake

Smoke might be visible for Burns Lake and neighboring areas

Participants earlier this year in March for Lakes Loppet at the ski club. (Lakes District News file photo)
How is Omineca Ski Club prepping for this ski season?

Covid restrictions, social distancing but ski season to continue

B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry gives a daily briefing on COVID-19 cases at an almost empty B.C. Legislature press theatre in Victoria, B.C., on March 25, 2020. (Don Craig/B.C. government)
B.C. sees 223 new COVID-19 cases, now 2,009 active

Two new care home outbreaks in Surrey, Burnaby

100 Mile Conservation officer Joel Kline gingerly holds an injured but very much alive bald eagle after extracting him from a motorist’s minivan. (Photo submitted)
B.C. driver thought he retrieved a dead bald eagle – until it came to life in his backseat

The driver believed the bird to be dead and not unconscious as it turned out to be

Chastity Davis-Alphonse took the time to vote on Oct. 21. B.C’s general Election Day is Saturday, Oct. 24. (Chastity Davis-Alphonse Facebook photo)
B.C. reconciliation advocate encourages Indigenous women to vote in provincial election

Through the power of voice and education Chastity Davis-Alphonse is hopeful for change

White Rock RCMP Staff Sgt. Kale Pauls has released a report on mental health and policing in the city. (File photos)
White Rock’s top cop wants to bill local health authority for lengthy mental-health calls

‘Suggestion’ included in nine-page review calling for ‘robust’ support for healthcare-led response

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

A Le Chateau retail store is shown in Montreal on Wednesday July 13, 2016. Le Chateau Inc. says it is seeking court protection from creditors under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act to allow it to liquidate its assets and wind down its operations.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Clothing retailer Le Chateau plans to close its doors, files for CCAA protection

Le Chateau said it intends to remain fully operational as it liquidates its 123 stores

RCMP stock photo (Black Press)
Charges laid against Prince George man, 39, in drug trafficking probe

Tyler Aaron Gelowitz is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 18

Green party Leader Sonia Furstenau arrives to announce her party’s election platform in New Westminster, B.C., on October 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. Green party says it’s raised nearly $835,000 in 38 days

NDP Leader John Horgan is holding his final virtual campaign event

Most Read