A dog made a lucky escape after falling down a 100ft-deep crater that appeared when a disused mine shaft collapsed beneath a public footpath.
Three fire crews helped winch the springer spaniel to safety after the hound tumbled into the giant hole at a nature spot owned by Prince Charles.
The crater opened up when thousands of tonnes of earth crashed into an underground seam.
Crater carnage: A dog plunged into a mine shaft when a footpath opened up beneath him
The gap measured 25ft across open moorland at Minions near Liskeard, which is owned by the Duchy of Cornwall.
The dog fell straight in while on a walk with its owner who could only watch in horror as her pet disappeared from view and landed with a thud on a ledge deep within the hole.
The unidentified owner then dialled 999 and three fire units and more than a dozen firefighters were dispatched to the scene.
A firefighter winched down on a rope was then able to bring the animal back to the surface to be reunited with its owner unhurt.
Reunited: Firemen pass the rescued springer spaniel to its grateful owner
Eyewitness Howard Martin said: 'It's a miracle that the dog survived such a fall. The shaft is massive, about 25ft across and 100ft deep.
'It was a huge effort to get the dog out again and luckily it was alright. The owner was terrified. At first she thought it has fallen all the way down.'
The dog spent up to 90 minutes down the shaft while rescuers were called earlier this month.
Ian Oliver, of the Cornwall Fire Brigade, said: 'Crews from Liskeard and Bodmin were mobilised. On arrival there was found to be a dog trapped down a shaft.
Ruff job: A fireman gets ready to abseil down the carter to rescue the spaniel, which was stuck for 90 minutes
'A firefighter was lowered using line rescue equipment and successfully recovered a springer spaniel who was reunited with its owner.'
A spokeswoman for the Duchy said the shaft had opened up at an earlier date and investigation was on-going.
He said: 'We are aware of this issue and when the shaft collapsed took immediate actions to make the area safe.
'Investigations into the cause and actions to rectify the collapse are ongoing.'
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