A WOMAN had a lucky escape after she plunged 10 metres down an abandoned mine shaft, writes Nicola Anderson.
The drama unfolded on Ben Bulben in Co Sligo when the 53-year-old holidaymaker entered an abandoned Barytes mineral mine at the top of the mountain.
After entering the mine area, the woman stumbled and plunged down the mine shaft, falling around 10 metres into waist-high icy water. The accident happened at around 2.30pm.
Luckily, members of a local walking club, including several former rescue workers, were in the vicinity and they managed to lift the woman out of the water and on to a ledge.
The Sligo Leitrim Mountain Rescue team was contacted and they sent out a rapid response team. The rescue workers managed to get the woman out of the mine shaft using a rope harness system. The woman was in shock and was flown directly to Sligo General Hospital.