Firefighters save dog that plummeted 20ft down mineshaft while ‘chasing rabbit’

A vanishing Jack Russell had to be rescued by firefighters after falling 20 feet down a mineshaft.

Terrified owner Lauren Fowler feared the worst for two-year-old Betsy, who presumably locked eyes on a rabbit when she made a run for it on Wednesday morning.

Unable to see or even hear her beloved dog, Lauren desperately dialled for help from the emergency services, CornwallLive reports.

Thanks to the heroic rescue operation by Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service, Betsy was pulled to safety with only a few scratches before returning home with a very relieved Lauren.

Lauren said: “We were walking on Rosewall Hill, near St Ives. I presume Betsy saw a rabbit and tried to chase it under the wire fence surrounding the mineshaft.

“She then disappeared, wasn’t making a sound, I wasn’t sure whether she fallen straight down deep into the mine or hurt herself.

"She never runs away so I’m immediately thinking the worst case scenario.

“I called the emergency services and they sent the fire team. They managed to see into the mine and Betsy started barking. Phew! They were so amazing, so quick to the scene and calming.

“They had to get the line rescue from Tolvaddon to the scene due to the dangerous nature. They cut the fence and went down on a harness to her. They got her out within 1.5 hours of me calling them and I can’t thank them enough.”

A Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “An appliance from St Ives, supported by the Line Rescue vehicles from Tolvaddon attended a call to a dog that had fallen down a mine shaft at 9am today.

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On arrival the technical rescue officer confirmed a dog had fallen approximately 20 feet down the shaft and landed on a ledge above a high drop with water below.

“Firefighters set up a rescue platform with line rescue equipment and one firefighter was deployed successfully rescuing the animal and reuniting it with the owner.”

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