A rescue operation is underway for a climber who fell about 300 feet down a mine shaft after his rope snapped Thursday morning in Golden, Colorado
Fox 31 reports the incident happened about 10:20 a.m. in the 100 block of South Rooney Road near West Colfax Avenue and Interstate 70. The shaft is on the hogback in the foothills of Jefferson County.
The man and a friend were descending into the shaft when the rope snapped. The man’s friend was able to get out of the shaft and sought help. He then directed rescuers to the accident scene. The man is alive and rescuers have been in verbal, but not visual, communication with him.
His identity has not been released but officials have confirmed the man has some kind of injury to his legs.
Rescue crews from Golden Fire, West Metro Fire Rescue, AMR Ambulance, Jefferson County Open Spaces, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and Alpine Rescue are all working together to get the trapped climber to safety.
Our thoughts are with the trapped miner and all rescue personal. We will update this story as info comes in.