A CAT missing for two days was rescued by firefighters after he was discovered in a well.

Six-year-old Charlie fell into a neighbour’s well in West Chiltington on Friday when the wooden cover gave way.

But the quick-thinking mouser clambered on to a piece of wood floating in the water.

The hardy cat survived 20 feet underground for two days until he was discovered floating in the well on Sunday afternoon.

A West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service crew arrived on the scene just before 3pm and planned a daring descent into the narrow hole, left.

Using rope from a technical rescue truck, a firefighter was lowered into the well to grab Charlie and get him to safety.

The Argus: A firefighter was lowered into the well to save CharlieA firefighter was lowered into the well to save Charlie

After “some negotiation” the cat was brought back up unscathed and reunited with his family, said watch manager Mick Lewin.

“This was quite a challenging rescue because the well was quite narrow, but fortunately we were able to lower a member of the crew down safely,” he said.

“After some negotiations and reassurances, he was able to get Charlie to safety.

“We were so pleased to be able to reunite him with his owners, and thankfully he wasn’t injured despite his ordeal.

“But I think it is safe to say that he has definitely used up one of his nine lives during this escapade.”