MOUNTAIN rescue volunteers rallied to a call from the North West Ambulance Service after reports of people shouting for help in the Dovestone area.

But on investigation, Oldham Mountain Rescue Team discovered the shouts were from a group looking for a small Yorkshire Terrier/Chihuahua mix dog which had suddenly gone missing while walking along the tops with its owner.

OMRT spokesperson said: "The Team doesn’t ordinarily get involved in searching for dogs, but as the first to respond was one of our search dog handlers, Mick Nield, and the search dog needed a walk.

“He decided to take them up on to the edge path and join the dog's owner looking for the missing dog.

“After speaking to the owner regarding the route they had taken, Mick decided to check the nearby pot hole.

"And on further inspection, he spotted the small dog some 20 feet down with absolutely no way of getting out without help.

“The dog was quickly reunited with its owner before being walked off the hill a little shaken, but otherwise seemingly ok.Well done Mick.”

Mick, former team leader, was awarded an MBE in the Queen's New Year’s honours list in 2018 for services to mountain rescue and to the community in Greater Manchester.