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Dog Treads Water for 24 Hours After Plunging Down Mineshaft

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4:15pm 4th June 2013
(Updated 4:15pm 4th June 2013)

A dog has been forced to tread water for 24 hours after plunging down an old Cornish mineshaft.

Maddie the Rottweiler disappeared during a walk at Carnkie near Redruth.

She had plunged into the flooded eighty foot hole, disguised by scrub and bushes.

Despite a frantic search, owner Nick Lake was forced to go home and spend a sleepless night worrying.

He returned to the site the following day and heard Maddie's faint whimpering. Nick said: "Everytime I shouted down I got a response but it wasn't the noise of a dog. It was moaning and splashing about."

A team of nineteen firefighters managed to rescue her by lowering a cargo net down the hole to winch up the 45kg dog.

Nick told Pirate FM: "She just looked totally out of it - comatose. We were all round her giving her warmth because every limb was like a block of ice.

"When she got up she was like a newborn lamb. She was all wobbly and all over the place.

"People find it hard to believe - but she had no choice. The pit was flooded and she had to swim."

Maddie was taken home to the pub which Nick runs to warm up in front of the fire. Nick added: "She made it to the bar to get her chew."

Now he is warning other dog owners to beware of open mineshafts when they are walking their pets.

4:15pm 4th June 2013

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