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Clovis resident rescued from mine shaft in Bear Valley

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013 - Tuesday evening, at about 7 p.m. the Mariposa County Sheriff's Office and Search and Rescue Team, along  with other local emergency services responded to a man stuck in a partially collapsed mine in the Bear Valley area.

Reportedly, the 61-year-old male victim (a Clovis resident) and a friend were
exploring when the mine shaft collapsed around the victim, pinning him
partially inside the shaft.  A large rock and earth debris pinned the
man below the shoulders.  The Search and Rescue Team, supported by other
responding emergency service agencies, were able to safely free the man
from the shaft.  The man was immediately treated on scene by Mercy
Ambulance medical personnel.  The man appeared to only suffer minor
injury and was released shortly after.

"Mariposa County, like other gold rush California counties, is riddled
with mines and mine shafts.  These abandoned mines are dangerous
attractions due to their instability and dangerous vertical drops.  We
urge explorers to stay clear of them," said Sheriff Doug Binnewies.
Pictured here is a Clovis resident who was trapped in a mine shaft in the Bear Valley area on Tuesday. (Photo courtesy of Mariposa County Sheriff's Office)Pictured here is a Clovis resident who was trapped in a mine shaft in the Bear Valley area on Tuesday. (Photo courtesy of Mariposa County Sheriff's Office)

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