Crews rescue teenage boy who fell into a Colorado mine shaft

Photo courtesy: West Metro Fire

GOLDEN, Colo. (KKTV) - A teen may have fallen about 100 feet when his rope snapped while climbing an old mine shaft in Colorado on Thursday. Crews first stated he fell about 300 feet, but that was since lessened to 100.

Crews rescued the 15-year-old boy, who was alert and talking, from a mine shaft that is just southeast of Golden. Golden Fire Department spokeswoman Karlyn Tilley said the boy hurt his leg, but reported no other injuries.

Rescue crews had to use ropes and pulleys to lift a stretcher holding the boy. Tilley added the rescue was challenging because the shaft doesn't go straight down.

Video of the rescue can be seen below: