Fire fighters save kitten from city storm water drain

CRAWLING through a storm water drain is a small price to pay for saving a kitten.

That's according to fire fighter James Woodcraft, who crawled through a storm water drain below Sydney St wearing an air-line trolley to save a kitten Sunday morning.

"It was a bit scary," Mr Woodcrafts said.

"It was just the tiniest little kitten. It would fit in the palm of your hand."

Two fire crews attended the animal rescue on Sydney St at about 11am.

They removed drain grates, but the kitten took off down the water pipe.

It was Mr Woodcrafts training as a level two rescue technician that saw him elected to clamber underground.

"I have saved a few kittens before though, a few in a tree, another one in a drain," he said.

"Animal rescues are becoming more and more common."

He said the air-line trolley which let him breathe was like an old-fashioned scuba tank, with air hoses running back up to the street above.

The kitten was petrified and he chased in about 15m down the drain, before reaching it.

Mr Woodcraft believed was now with the RSPCA, although he said a mate of his was considering adopting it.


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