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September 26, 2021

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CU student rescued after falling into mine shaft

The student was uninjured

Boulder County, Colo. -

On Saturday, September 25, 2021 at approximately 11:53 p.m. the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a male subject who had fallen approximately 25 feet into an abandoned mine shaft off the Switzerland Trail. Friends of the male subject reported that the subject was uninjured, just needed assistance getting out.

Members of the Sugarloaf Fire Protection District were able to locate the parties on Forest Service Road 211A and confirmed that the subject was uninjured, but approximately 45 feet down the mine shaft. Members of the Fourmile Fire Protection District, the Sunshine Fire Protection District, and the Sheriff’s Office were only able to access the scene using utility all-terrain vehicles (UTVs). The 19-year-old CU student from Connecticut was then aided, using a rope system, in climbing back out of the mine shaft. The rescue took approximately three- and one-half hours.

Agencies assisting with this rescue effort included: Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, American Medical Response (AMR), Boulder Emergency Squad, Four Mile Fire Protection District, Sugarloaf Fire Protection District, Sunshine Fire Protection District and the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group.

The associated Boulder County Sheriff's Office case number is: #21-4660.

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/s/ Emergency Services Supervisor - Kelly Lucy