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Dog falls 6m into mine shaft near Helston

Dog falls 6m into mine shaft near Helston

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 5:50am 9th March 2020.

A dog has been pulled to safety after falling six metres into a mine shaft near Helston.

Search and rescue teams and firefighters were called to help Murphy the kerry blue terrier on Friday afternoon.

After hearing his barks they managed to create a dog hook to snag his collar.

Murphy was then loaded into a dumpy bag and pulled out to be reunited with his owner.

"Late afternoon today the team were contacted by a member of public whose dog had entered a mine shaft near Helston. 

"After consultation with Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service it was agreed that our technical rescue team would deal with the incident. 

"Five members took our off-road ambulance across some very boggy ground that ALMOST defeated us, but reached the shaft to be greeted by the encouraging sign of a barking dog. 

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"Murphy the Kerry Blue had dropped 5-6m into the shaft, so a single team member deployed to retrieve him. 

"Unfortunately Murphy then continued further along a partially-collapsed stope into a space that was too small for our team member to access. 

"Improvising, adapting and overcoming, the team fashioned a 'dog hook' to snag Murphy's collar and he was safely loaded into a dumpy bag to be brought up to the surface and reunited with his owner. 

"This was a quick and simple rescue thanks to all the hours of training that are put in by members through the year."

West Cornwall Search and Rescue Team

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