Agony of dog walker in 60ft fall

Daily Star - - WIRED - By JERRY LAW­TON jerry.law­ton@dai­lystar.co.uk

A DOG walker who suf­fered hor­rific in­juries when she fell into a quarry dragged her­self to safety in a 14-hour or­deal.

Sally Now­ell, 36, broke ribs and pelvis, punc­tured a lung and rup­tured her spleen af­ter she plunged 60ft when she tripped over her pet.

Un­able to stand, she be­gan drag­ging her­self along on her el­bows, with ev­ery move caus­ing agony.

She spent half a day crawl­ing through the dark­ness as res­cue he­li­copters cir­cled over­head try­ing to find her be­fore she was dis­cov­ered the fol­low­ing morn­ing.

Sta­ble jockey Sally is still in hospi­tal af­ter the or­deal two months ago but is fi­nally well enough to talk about it.

It be­gan when she went to check on her pets at the top of the quarry in Mid­somer

Nor­ton, Som.

She said: “I was a bit dis­ori­ented, I took a step back and tripped over a dog.”

Sally woke up – un­able to walk – 90 min­utes later as night was fall­ing.

She knew she would have to crawl or risk not be­ing found as hus­band Sean was not due home un­til late.

At one point a he­li­copter flew over Sally but failed to spot her. She said: “That’s when I started to panic.” But she made it to the top and was found by res­cuers.

In hospi­tal, sur­geons had to re­sus­ci­tate her when her heart stopped.

But she is now out of dan­ger and has even man­aged to sit on one of her horses.

“It’s huge, it’s a mile­stone,’’ she added.

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OR­DEAL: Mrs Now­ell broke pelvis

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