Colo. Firefighters Rescue Teen From Mineshaft

GOLDEN, Colo. --

A teenager stuck in a mineshaft just north of Golden prompted in a rescue operation Monday evening to free the boy.

The 17-year-old had no apparent injuries after being trapped in the mine for 2½ hours.

The saga began when two Golden High School students were hiking in the area and began exploring a mine according to Jacki Kelley, spokeswoman for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

She said the two were on their way out when the boy in the rear became trapped after several rocks moved in the downward-sloping shaft, blocking him from the entrance. The teen was uninjured but couldn't move past the boulders,

He was trapped about 200 feet inside the mine on the side of the North Hogback.

The second boy called for help at about 6 p.m. The call came in from the 1400 block of Jesse Lane.

Units from Golden Fire and Fairmont Fire and the School of Mines Mine Rescue group were called to the location and managed to free the boy just before 8:30 p.m.

Kelley said they would look into costs of the rescue and possible charges on Tuesday.

Neighbors said the hill is covered in abandoned mines and is very dangerous.

"I'm just delighted he's OK, but hopefully others will think twice about going up there and use better judgment," said Bill O'Brien, a neighbor who doesn't let family members go onto the hill when they come to visit.

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