Woman rescued from disused mine shaft in Co Sligo

Tuesday 07 May 2013 13.48
The woman is said to be in a stable condition after being taken to Sligo Regional Hospital
The woman is said to be in a stable condition after being taken to Sligo Regional Hospital

A 53-year-old woman has been rescued from a disused mine shaft in Co Sligo this afternoon.

The woman had been walking with a group of people near Glencarbury mine, north of Sligo town.

She decided to go into the old mine, which had previously been boarded up.

The woman stumbled and fell down about nine or 12 metres into the shaft of the old barytes mine and landed in water.

One of her walking companions managed to get down into the shaft and pull her on to a ledge.

A rapid response team from Sligo/Leitrim Mountain Rescue hauled the woman up out of the shaft.

She was suffering from hypothermia and has been taken to Sligo Regional Hospital where she is understood to be in a stable condition.

Separately, a 66-year-old woman is being treated in hospital after falling off a cliff in Co Antrim this afternoon.

The Sligo Coastguard helicopter was involved in the operation to rescue the woman who had fallen into an "inaccessible" area off the coast of Carrick-a-Rede.

The woman, who sustained serious injuries to her leg, was lifted to safety and taken to hospital at around 3pm.