A 49-year-old man and his dog were successfully rescued by emergency services, after being trapped eight metres down a West Coast cave.
Mike Steenhauer and his dog Digby spent three hours stuck in the crevasse at Limestone Track in Marsden, near Greymouth.
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Steenhauer was clearing gorse in the area when Digby ran off.
"We heard some faint whimpering and whining and then we just discovered that he was way down a crevasse about eight or nine metres deep."
Steenhauer followed the dog down the cave with a rope, hoping to free him, but they both became stuck.
A neighbour alerted the emergency services, and a team from Cave Search and Rescue was called in to help.
Mike Steenhauer says he and Digby had huddled together to help keep each other warm.
"I thought that I could get out by myself if I really had to, if nobody ever showed up, but I don't think I could have climbed out with the dog because it was too slippery and too cold and a bit of a death trap down there."
Both man and man's best friend were uninjured after their long wait underground, Steenhauer proving he's one very loyal pet owner.