Boy rescued from garden mine shaft
Published 31/08/2010 | 18:23
A two-year-old boy has been rescued from an old mine shaft which suddenly opened up in his back garden.
The toddler was in his family's garden in Newhall, near Swadlincote, Derbyshire, when he fell into the 6.6ft deep hole shortly after 9.30am on Tuesday.
The boy's father jumped in to rescue his son but after lifting him free found he was then unable to escape and had to be rescued by firefighters using a ladder.
A spokeswoman for Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "The child was uninjured during the incident but his father suffered some strains to his back and neck and was treated at the scene by paramedics."
The Mines' Rescue Team and Coal Authority were asked to visit the garden to find out exactly why the hole appeared.