The woman had been missing for over an hour and worried neighbors called emergency services, BBC News reports. The police went to look for her, but it was a member of the public who heard a cat meowing and located her.
A passerby heard the cat, Piran, meow loudly, which alerted them to the woman. Rescuers then saw that the woman had fallen 70 feet into a stream, “with incredibly difficult access and rough terrain,” according to BCC News.
Rescuers lifted the woman into the ravine on a stretcher and transported her to hospital in an air ambulance. She is in stable condition.
An eyewitness said the key to locating the woman was Piran’s “fairly persistent” meow at the top of the ravine. “It’s a huge ‘well done’ to all the emergency services that worked together and to Piran,” the anonymous witness said. “The result could have been much worse. “
Bodmin Police, who assisted in the rescue, agreed. “Piran the cat saved the day,” police said. On Monday, the police department shared an update, “While the affected lady is still receiving care, she is in a good mood and is well groomed. ”
“We also managed to get a photo of the hero himself,” the department added, sharing a photo of the black cat.