Pictured Bracken with handler Elly Whiteford. Tributes were paid to a hero mountain rescue dog - who saved an OAP from dying from hypothermia. See SWNS story SWMRdog. Bracken, 13, died this month after coming into his role at Keswick Mountain Rescue unexpectedly due to his searching skills. The adventurous pooch even flew in helicopters and had a special hoist to get him in the chopper, as well as a foil-lined sleeping bag. The tricolour Collie was described as 'gentle and affectionate' and loved people. He was adopted by handler Elly Whiteford in August 2010 aged 18 months, and was intended to be rehomed, but got his feet under the table at her home near Keswick, Cumbria. In 2014 he qualified as a search dog and retired in December 2020.