Police say a rescued woman is lucky to be alive after she became stuck down an eight-metre deep mine shaft in NSW.
The accident happened in Lightning Ridge in the north-west of NSW.
The 26-year-old woman had disappeared on a late night walk on Friday, with a search underway when she didn't return.
Police managed to locate the woman using a police drone yesterday morning after several days of looking for her.
She was brought to the surface with the assistance of an officer using a pulley and harness, and provided water before being taken to Lightning Ridge Hospital in a stable condition.
Temperatures in the area are understood to have exceeded 40C.