• The incident took place in Bodmin, U.K.
  • The cat, named Piran, frantically meowed to draw the rescuers' attention
  • The victim didn't suffer any injuries in the fall 

Black cats are normally deemed unlucky the world over--but one heroic feline proved that they can trump a dog's loyalty when its master is in danger.

Recently, an 83-year-old U.K. woman who fell down a 70-feet steep embankment was successfully rescued, thanks to her pet cat that led deputies to her, People reported.

Deputies were searching for the woman after she vanished from near her home Saturday, Bodmin Police said in a Facebook post. The search was futile at first but suddenly the feline, named Piran, started meowing frantically in what appeared a desperate bid to bring cops' attention to the corner of a large maize field near the woman's home.

Tamar Longmuir, 38, a neighbor who was assisting the police in the search operation, followed Piran's lead, People reported. It was then that the victim was spotted inside the ravine. Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service were called to the scene as deputies worked to boost the elderly lady to safety, police said in the Facebook post.

"The cat is very attached to her, and he was going back and forth in the gateway and meowing, so I decided to go and search the maize field," Longmuir told Sky News. "Without the cat waiting at the gate to that field, it could have been hours later that I or anyone else would have checked there."

The terrain was "incredibly difficult to access and uneven," deputies said in the post. The victim, whose name wasn't revealed, was airlifted to a hospital where she was listed in a stable condition.

Longmuir told Sky News that she wasn't able to walk down the embankment and therefore shouted to the victim to find out if she was alright. "Just as I was going to go off the path and start going through the crop, I heard a very faint response to my calling. I then quickly realized my neighbor was down the 70-foot ravine," Longmuir told Sky News. "She had gone through the barbed wire and was laying in the stream — we think she had been in there for hours."

Longmuir said she eventually managed to scramble down the ravine and check the victim for minor injuries but "came off worse than she did." However, Longmuir said the elderly woman didn't suffer any injuries, even from the barbed wire that she had gone through. Longmuir thanked Piran for saving the day.

"Without the cat waiting at the gate to that field, it could have been hours later that I or anyone else would have checked in there," she added.

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