Police Rescue officers establish a winch system to pull the woman from a Lightning Ridge mine shaft after she fell on Friday night. Picture: NSW Police Force
Police Rescue officers establish a winch system to pull the woman from a Lightning Ridge mine shaft after she fell on Friday night. Picture: NSW Police Force

Woman falls 8m down mine shaft

POLICE say a woman is lucky to be a live after plummeting 8m down a mine shaft in Lightning Ridge, in NSW’s North West.

The 26-year-old vanished from her home on Friday during a late night walk, sparking a large-scale search and rescue operation.

Officers start their descent into the mine shaft. Picture: NSW Police Force
Officers start their descent into the mine shaft. Picture: NSW Police Force

Over the weekend, the temperatures in the region exceeded 40 degrees.

Police discovered the woman using a police drone about 10.20am yesterday following several days of searching.

The woman was taken to hospital in a stable condition. Picture: NSW Police Force
The woman was taken to hospital in a stable condition. Picture: NSW Police Force
 

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They used a pulley and harness to swing down to the woman and provide her with water before bringing he to the surface.

The woman was taken to Lightning Ridge Hospital in a stable condition.

Police believe she may have tripped and fell during her walk.



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