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


An 11-year-old boy from Visalia fell 30 feet into a mine shaft, but thanks to rescue personnel, he will be able to celebrate the New Year with his family.

Crews said they used what is called the technical rope rescue system. One firefighter repelled 30 feet into the shaft and other firefighters lowered a basket and ropes. Then crew members basically pulled the boy to safety.

It happened Monday afternoon near Ransdburg, north of Mohave Road.

'here are literally thousands of mine shafts throughout the desert and it's very dangerous,' said Tony Diffenbaugh from the Kern County Fire Department.'If you are not familiar with them and in this case the mine shaft looks safe when you first go in 50 feet but the side shafts are dark and you cant see if you don't have good lighting. The boy took a turn and couldn't see it dropped out and it was a vertical drop.'

About 20 Kern County firefighters, California City firefighters, and the Bureau of Land Management officials helped in rescue efforts.

The boy was taken to Antelope Valley Medical Center and with a broken hip or rib.

(Source: KGET TV)