A 28-year-old man who fell into an abandoned mine in Nevada may have to stay there until conditions at the mine allow for his rescue, officials said.
The man fell Wednesday at the Murphy Mine Complex, which dates back to 1895 and is located about 60 miles south of Winnemucca in Pershing County, said spokeswoman JoLynn Worley of the state Bureau of Land Management.
Rescuers went down the shaft but could not find him. They did, however, find him upon sending a camera down the shaft, and at 8 p.m. PT Thursday, he was alive and moving his hands.
“It appears that due to the hazardous and dangerous conditions of that shaft, the rescue efforts were stopped,” Worley said.
As of 3 a.m. Friday, the camera was still recording him. He was breathing, but there was no movement, she said.
A U.S. Navy Search and Rescue team is assisting regional authorities and the Newmont Mining Corp. in the rescue.