THE woman who tripped over a barb-wire fence and stumbled 8m into a dark, abandoned mine shaft says she thought she was going to die.
Cynthia Charty, 26, vanished after leaving her home for a late night walk on Friday. Her disappearance sparked a large-scale search and rescue operation during scorching temperatures that exceeded 40C.
She was spotted by a police drone at 10.20am on Monday and eventually hoisted out of the hole in Lightning Ridge, in NSW’s northwest.
Ms Charty has now spoken about the ordeal, telling 9News she had given up hope of ever being rescued.