Missing dog rescued four days after falling down abandoned mine shaft

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Olive was reunited with her owner after being rescued by firefighters. (Facebook/Hart Sar)
Olive was reunited with her owner after being rescued by firefighters. (Facebook/Hart Sar)

A labrador who went missing for four days has been rescued after being found in an abandoned mine shaft.

Olive, a fox red labrador, went missing on Thursday, 14 April while with a dog walker, sparking an extensive hunt.

Teams from a voluntary dog searching group called Hart Sar were called in to where Olive was reported missing at Lady Canning's Plantation in Sheffield, as well as search dogs and drone pilots using thermal imaging cameras.

Eventually, a faint whimpering was heard down a deep hole and Olive was found down an abandoned mine shaft.

Fire crews were called to help rescue the dog, who had reportedly fallen about 12ft (3.6m).

Olive disappeared for four days and was finally found in an abandoned mine shaft. (Facebook/Hart Sar)
Olive disappeared for four days and was finally found in an abandoned mine shaft. (Facebook/Hart Sar)

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A post on Hart Sar's Facebook page announced the happy news, saying: "WE HAVE OLIVE!!!

"What an adventure this little lady has had."

They said the group had been "a bit at a loss" after having no sightings of Olive until she was found in the mine shaft.

The added: "Due to the uncertainty of the depth of this shaft, the smartest course of action was to get the professionals in and from all of our hearts from here at HART SAR, Jo herself and the amazing volunteers. We couldn't have got Olive out without the amazing help from South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue.

"It has been a wild ride to get this baby girl home but now she's back in safe arms.

"Thank you to every single one of you that shared, gave well wishes and offered to help attend. To everyone who volunteered to help search, to Jo's incredible support team, to our very own team for spending hours searching.

"Once again, a beautiful ending. Welcome home Olive!!"

Olive's disappearance had sparked a huge search including other dogs, drones and teams from Hart Sar. (Facebook/Hart Sar)
Olive's disappearance had sparked a huge search including other dogs, drones and teams from Hart Sar. (Facebook/Hart Sar)

The group added that the mineshaft has now been fenced off and will be filled to avoid anything similar happening to any other dogs.

Volunteer searcher Simon Marples told the BBC: "The shaft was in the middle of long grass, so we had searched in that area.

"She could have gone down there and died. Luckily she'd been licking the rockface for water."

Olive's owner Jo Belton said: "Not only was she there, but she seemed fine. It is unbelievable.

"We were convinced she was dead. Four days, four nights. We were a bit hysterical."

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