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MCSO: Man rescued and being evaluated after falling in mine shaft in Gila Bend

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Posted at 8:21 PM, Nov 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-28 02:23:03-05

GILA BEND, AZ — A man was pulled from a mine shaft in Gila Bend on Friday evening after he apparently fell in it, a spokesperson for the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said.

Sgt. Bryant Vanegas, a spokesperson with MCSO, said in an email around 9:10 p.m. that the man was successfully rescued from the mine shaft and would be evaluated by paramedics on scene, and would then be transported to a hospital.

The man's injuries are considered to be non-life-threatening, Vanegas said.

Gila Bend is located about an hour southwest of Phoenix, and about 42 miles west of the City of Maricopa.

MCSO was assisting several fire agencies with the rescue, including using two of its helicopters to transport firefighters and emergency officials to the mine shaft.

It is not clear what the man was doing in the area nor how he fell into the mine shaft.

An ABC15 crew at the scene showed several emergency vehicles in the area and one of MCSO's helicopters in the middle of the road.