A dog fell 180ft down a mineshaft and survived for six days without food and water before being rescued unharmed. Rebecca Lewis, 38, searched for days for Coco, her Patterdale Terrier, after it went missing on a walk.Miss Lewis, a self-employed artist and property developer, searched for specialist maps of mine shafts in the area and contacted dog charity Dog Lost! who put her in touch with a group of cavers who eventually pulled Coco out of the dry shaft.
A vet gave her a clean bill of health, aside from a small cut above her eye and a sore leg – and she did not require any treatment.
Miss Lewis took Coco for a walk with friends and family on the evening of September 4 when Coco disappeared at Little Brunnion, near Trencrom, Cornwall.Miss Lewis said that there were no warning signs or fenced off areas signifying open shafts in the densely overgrown area.”We had no idea they were there,” she said. “I had no cause for concern. It was busy – there were four children. Fifteen minutes down the footpath I realised she was gone.”