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Sussex cat uses up eight of nine lives over two days

A cat from Chiltington in Sussex has just one life remaining after this weekend’s narrow escape. And thanks to the fire brigade’s daring rescue, Charlie lives to tell the tale.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 08/07/2020, 19:00

A resident of the town of Chiltington became concerned when their cat did not return for two days.

During their desperate search for the lost moggy, friends and neighbours eventually made a shocking discovery.

The six-year-old cat had fallen 20 feet down a well located in a neighbour’s garden. Despite the well being full of water, Charlie survived his ordeal by clambering onto a piece of flotsam which fortunately had dropped into the well amid the recent wild weather.

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All’s well that ends well

Once the neighbours had found the cat they called the fire service. Officers attended the well and a fireman was lowered by rope into the darkness. Within seconds he had grabbed the cat and was lifted back up. Charlie was returned to a relieved and tearful owner.

Watch manager Mick Lewin told The Argus, “This was quite a challenging rescue because the well was quite narrow, but fortunately we were able to lower a member of the crew down safely.

“After some negotiations and reassurances, he was able to get Charlie to safety.”

The neighbour has been advised to cover their well.