Horse rescues dog from Mt Larcom mineshaft

A dog has survived a 38 metre fall down a mine shaft at Mt Larcom, near Gladstone in Queensland.

Owner Chloe Sawyer took her two pet huskys for a hike up the mountain on Sunday morning, and allowed them roam at 7:30am.

Sawyer said she had GPS tracking collars on the dogs, however the signal was lost and only one of the dogs returned at 10am.

It took Sawyer and her partner until 5:30pm before they found the dog, hearing it whimpering at the bottom of an abandoned mineshaft.

SES and RSPCA said they would not be able to attempt a rescue, however a chance encounter with a former police cadaver dog worker, Ben Gazzara, who volunteered to retrieve the dog from the hole.

With the assistance of local high school student Madyson Goggi and her horse, the team were able to lift the “mostly unharmed” dog to safety.

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