man trapped in west Arizona mine shaft since Monday

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Can't fix stupid. :skullflag:
 

galenrog

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The man was extracted from the mine shaft and airlifted to hospital.

From the video I saw, it was clear that the open shaft was fenced, as is required. My guess is that he was trying to see the bottom and slipped. As Terry wrote earlier, “Can’t fix stupid”.

Time for more coffee.
 

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he is just lucky someone came along..That wouldnt be a fun way to go.. dying of thirst of hypothermia at the bottom of a hole in the desert..
 
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at least he had food, 3 rattlesnakes, damm... dropped 100 feet, broken legs, then snakes, :sadsmiley:
guess he'll have to change his name to "Lucky"
 
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"killed three rattlesnakes"...…..if it were me I would have set an unbeatable vertical leap record and been out of there! Of course he had two broken legs. Must have been one miserable soul.:angel8:
 

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As Terry said Life is tough it’s tougher when your stupid.
 

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I wonder how many metal detectorists have fallen into old wells, while searching abandoned homesites. Something to be cautious of.
 

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Can't fix stupid. :skullflag:

Easy making comments about a 65 year old veteran from your armchair.
There are many miners that work or explore alone. Been that way forever.
His friend said “we have an agreement when it comes to these mine shafts”. His friend apparently knew exactly where to go looking.

The ground under him likely collapsed into the shaft.
 

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It's a lesson for all of us that don't understand the danger. I'm happy he was saved and is alive and I'll wager he doesn't repeat the mistake.
 

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I wonder how many metal detectorists have fallen into old wells, while searching abandoned homesites. Something to be cautious of.

I almost did, detecting at night. Some kind person some time in the past 100 years had jammed a big rock in it saving my butt.
 

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Easy making comments about a 65 year old veteran from your armchair.
There are many miners that work or explore alone. Been that way forever.
His friend said “we have an agreement when it comes to these mine shafts”. His friend apparently knew exactly where to go looking.

The ground under him likely collapsed into the shaft.

Not trying to offend with my statement. Working "alone" is fine when even the most minor safety equipment and protocol's are not called for (working in an office; selling used cars) however, checking out mine shafts in the Arizona desert by yourself, falls into the "moron" category in my never humble opinion. My armchair has a whole lot of experience in the Arizona desert. Pulled another Cholla spine out of it last week. :occasion14:
 

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To compound it, he told his buddy he'd be back Tuesday if he wasn't come and check on him. His buddy said he didn't make it out there Tuesday!?!? I hope when he's healed up he looks for a more dependable partner!
 

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Not trying to offend with my statement. Working "alone" is fine when even the most minor safety equipment and protocol's are not called for (working in an office; selling used cars) however, checking out mine shafts in the Arizona desert by yourself, falls into the "moron" category in my never humble opinion. My armchair has a whole lot of experience in the Arizona desert. Pulled another Cholla spine out of it last week. :occasion14:

Call me moron then. I’ve spent my entire adult life exploring alone. Most of the time it’s at least an hour from cell service. Started as a kid, where my parents gave me a pretty long roll of rope.

Falling trees for firewood, wading rivers, exploring mine audits, hiking into remote mountain lakes...anywhere my ambition takes me. Had a few close calls...been stuck in the snow and mud more than a few times. Tripped over rattlesnakes, stumbled into dope grows, ect. Had to spend a night on a 7000’ mountain top once in the winter.
Spent a few days in the desert exploring near Randsburg.

Most of the time I don’t even know where I’ll end up.
Sometimes it’s up on a ridge in the middle of nowhere at midnight, detecting with a headlamp. Get home when I feel like I’m done.

I pack light but try to take enough to survive.

Yup..proud to be a surviving “moron”.
Pretty sure many old time miners and packers lived their entire lives this way, however short it was.

This doesn’t look bad, but I was stepping on a large log and there was slime below the bark and I plummeted down a steep hill and face planted in a pile of rocks. Seriously thought I might have been messed up badly when I was laying on the ground. This was a very remote place.
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Looking back, would I now wish I had waited for someone to explore with me?? Not for a second and truthfully I don’t think I could find anyone that would be up to it.
 
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