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Pony Rescued from 15ft Mineshaft

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7:02am 27th December 2012

A pony has been rescued after plunging fifteen feet down an old mineshaft in St Blazey.

Fire crews from St Austell and Bodmin helped get the Shetland to safety from the collapsed adit yesterday afternoon.

A spokesperson for Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said: "At 1415 Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service received a call stating a horse had fallen down a mineshaft. On receipt of this call, two officers including a technical rescue officer, and four appliances from St Austell and Bodmin were mobilised. This included the line rescue, and the rescue tender from Bodmin.

"On the crews' arrival they found one Shetland pony approximately 15 feet down a collapsed adit. Crews made an initial assessment as to how best release the pony who was not in distress.

"Air shore rescue poles, a triple extension ladder and lines were used to rescue the pony from the mineshaft.

"At 1632 the pony was successfully rescued and was reunited with its owner."

7:02am 27th December 2012

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