An "heroic" cat is in the running for a bravery award after saving its 83-year-old owner who fell down a 70ft ravine.

Piran the feline alerted rescuers to his owner's location – after she fell through barbed wire and into a stream in Cornwall.

A local neighbour became aware of the victim's disappearance on a farm near her home in Bodmin.

She then came across Piran who was meowing in distress and frantically pacing the area where his owner had fallen.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service were then called to rescue the victim who had fallen "with incredibly difficult access and uneven terrain."

Along with an air ambulance team, rescuers hoisted the victim to safety before then airlifting her to hospital.

Rescue workers were alerted by the womans pet cat  Picture: Bodmin Police / SWNS

Rescue workers were alerted by the woman's pet cat Picture: Bodmin Police / SWNS

In recognition of his heroic services, Piran is among ten nominees to have reached the final selection of the Amplifon Awards for Brave Britons 2022 Charity Champion category.

The awards seek to celebrate the brave achievements of "exceptional people and animals from all walks of life."

Four finalists will be selected in each category and the winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on October 11.

The woman fell down a 70ft ravine  Picture: Bodmin Police / SWNS

The woman fell down a 70ft ravine Picture: Bodmin Police / SWNS

Bodmin Police later wrote on social media about the incident, saying: "Piran the cat saved the day."

The spokesperson added: "The female was located by a member of the public who had spotted the female’s cat, meowing in the corner of a large maize field near to her home.

"The elderly female had fallen approximately 70ft down a very steep embankment, with incredibly difficult access and uneven terrain.

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"Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service were in attendance, along with their specialist water rescue team, Cornwall Air Ambulance, and SWAST, and the female was hoisted back up to the field on a stretcher via line rescue.

"She was then taken to hospital via the air ambulance in a stable condition."