In a complicated rescue, a woman fell into what seemed to be a large hole in her backyard. The hole turned out to be a mineshaft.
Rescuers needed to be incredibly careful in case the mineshaft collapsed further taking the injured woman and rescuers with it.
The woman spent some time with a broken leg, face down on the grass while her legs and torso were submerged.
An SES spokesperson said that was the greatest delay in rescuing the woman because they couldn't risk a collapse of the mineshaft.
SES Stawell and SES Ararat Technical rescue members deployed specialist equipment and worked with Fire Rescue Victoria crews from Ballarat and Warrnambool to complete a safe rescue.
The scene was cleared at 3.30pm.
Ararat CFA and Victoria Police were also on scene.
Multiple agencies have worked to rescue a woman in her 40s trapped in a 10 metre hole on Saturday afternoon.
An SES spokesperson said the person required extrication from a large 10 metre hole in a backyard in Ararat.
SES Ararat, SES Stawell and Fire and Rescue Victoria were on the scene to assist with the rescue.
A FRV high angle team was dispatched from Warrnambool.
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A spokesperson from FRV said the woman was stuck for quite some time.
A trench rescue was required by SES and FRV rescue using rope and harness extrication.
An Ambulance Victoria spokesperson said an ambulance was called to the scene where a woman required treatment for leg injuries after a fall.
It was unclear whether the large hole was a sinkhole or mine shaft.
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