By Laurent Le Fur
updated on 29 Jul 22 at 12:35
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A little catstuck for several days at the bottom of a sewer pipe, to Roudourou stadium, in Guingamp (Côtes-d’Armor)was saved in extremis, this Thursday evening by a group of football enthusiasts, who are part of Unleashed football (a web-radio program hosted by specialist columnists from En Avant Guingamp and broadcast on Radio BonheurEditor’s note).
It’s a good story, because it ends well. And it’s Pierre Henry-Dufeil, journalist and radio commentator, passionate about football andForward Guingampwho tells it to us this Friday, July 29, 2022, a few hours after the rescue operations.
Meows at the bottom of a pipe
The young man, who provides guided tours of the Roudourou stadium throughout the summer, had already heard a few mewings at the beginning of the week in one of the corners of the stadium, without being able to locate them more precisely, or suspect that a cat was in distress. It was precisely in the bend of the stadium which welcomes the visitors’ bus and the TV trucks.
Pierre realized, as he passed a manhole again, that the mewings were repeated in the same place, without being able to see the cat at the bottom of a very deep pipe. A corner of the concrete plate that serves as a cover was broken, which must have caused the animal to fall into the conduit. “I could hear it, but I couldn’t see it, there are at least six meters deep. I poured water for him to drink and some pieces of Madeleine to feed him if needed. »
The following day, he no longer hears the cat meowing and thinks that he managed to get out of the sewer on his own by another place.
But Thursday evening, the cat meows again and Pierre decides to take action. “I have a cat at home, I like animals and I couldn’t leave him like that. By looking carefully in the pipe, and by getting used to the darkness, I ended up seeing it at the very bottom”.
Two poles and a bag
Pierre Henry Dufeil tries, for the first time, to tinker with a pole with deformed football shirt hangers, but without success. He searches around the stadium and unearths two large masts, which allow the teams’ flags to be carried before the start of the match.
The two rods placed end to end make it possible to reach the bottom of the pipe. “With my friend Gaëtan and his sister who came to help me, we attached a shopping bag to the end of the poles for him to climb on, in order to hoist him out of the hole”.
A first bag. Then a second and a third and finally, “the cat managed to grab hold of it and we got it out of there! », savors Pierre. three hour rescueuntil almost midnight last night.
A message on social networks and the little cat was taken in by a Guingampaise family, who gave him food and comfort. This Friday morning, he was fine.
The moral of this story goes to Pierre, as a football fanatic, let’s remember: “The Guingamp people don’t give up! “.
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