Rescue crews shimmied 65 feet underground this week to save a lost dog that had tumbled down the old, uncapped mineshaft in the UK.
Indie, a Golden Retriever, ran off after rabbit Sunday afternoon near Wheal Jane, Cornwall. Her owners searched for her, even posted a lost dog notice to social media. Two days later, the owner of the unlucky pooch spotted her beloved dog, down a deep hole.
That’s when the Truro Community Fire Station jumped into action, responding to unusual call.
“At 16:43 Orange watch were mobilised to an area near Wheal Jane after the owner managed to locate ‘Indie’ the dog in a disused and uncapped mine shaft,” the fire station posted on Facebook yesterday. “Assisted by the Rescue Tender from Tolvaddon and a Station Officer Tactical Advisor, the crews worked quickly to clear an area and establish suitable anchors for our line rescue equipment. Indie had fallen approximately 20 meters but appeared to be uninjured. Despite being very tired and thirsty, Indie was pleased to see a firefighter descend towards her and greeted him with excitement.”
Indie was secured into the special harness and retrieved using a “3:1 pulley system.”
A firefighter dropped into action.
And carefully raised the wayward pooch above ground.
That’s where she was reunited with her relieved owner.
Officials said disused mine shafts are common in Cornwall and used this success story to remind folks to be careful.
“They can be hidden by foliage or appear to be capped but can also be far reaching underground,” firefighters said.
Here’s a video of the amazing rescue.