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Incidents that could have resulted in a fatality, but did not.

October 24, 2011
17-year-old rescued from mine shaft near Golden

JEFFERSON COUNTY - Authorities have rescued a 17-year-old boy from a mine shaft near Golden. He was able to walk down from the mine shaft on his own.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says the teen was stuck on a ledge and could not get out on his own.

The sheriff's department says the call came in around 6 p.m. The teen was rescued around 8:30 p.m.

He is a student at Golden High School.

Authorities say the teen and his friend were hiking when they entered the mine shaft. The mine shaft is only about eight minutes from their home.

The boys were about 100 feet into the mine and were leaving when the ground gave way and some rocks fell out of place. One of the teens was able to get out, but the other became trapped on the ledge.

The boy was able to talk with authorities before the rescue.

The Colorado School of Mines rescue team responded to the scene to help rescue the teen.

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Jacki Kelley said emergency responders' first priority was the teenager's safety.

Deputies will determine who owns the mine and decide whether any trespassing charges will be filed.

They also plan to investigate ways to prevent others from accessing the mine shaft in the future.

"We would discourage people from going into any of these mine shafts, any of these caves at all. It can extremely dangerous, not only to the person, but to the rescuers who have to work in those conditions," Kelley said.

(KUSA-TV © 2011 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

Source: 48 News WAFF