JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– The teenager who got trapped in an abandoned mine shaft earlier this month was reunited with his rescuers this week.
Crews from West Metro Fire Rescue, Golden Fire and Alpine Rescue worked together to pull him to safety on Dec. 7.READ MORE: Restauranteurs, Artists, Casa Bonita Fans Team Up To Help Shape Future Of Landmark After Bankruptcy Filing
The 15-year-old fell 50 feet down the mine shaft in Golden and was trapped.
Crews pulled him to safety after an hours-long rescue effort.
The teen was climbing in the old mine shaft in the morning when his rope snapped and he fell about 60 feet down the deep hole off of West Colfax Avenue and Interstate 70. He was already 40 feet down when he fell, so rescuers had to bring him up from 100 feet below.READ MORE: County Lines Divide Neighboring Restaurants Between Fully Open And Socially-Distanced
Also making the rescue more difficult, the hole did not go straight down, so crews had to maneuver their way through the uneven surface of the abandoned shaft.
The teen suffered a broken leg.
The rope the teen was using to rappel on the hogs back ridge in Golden was not the right type used for climbing.
Those taking part in the rescue said that the old mine shaft was previously covered but naturally opened this past spring.MORE NEWS: COVID In Colorado: Hospitalizations Increase To 500 Statewide
Officials urge people not to explore old mine shafts for safety reasons.