Sonora Man Rescued After Two Nights In Mine

SONORA, Calif. (AP) - A 34-year-old man has been rescued after
spending two nights at the bottom of an abandoned mine shaft.

The Tuolumne County Sheriff's Department says Darvis Lee Jr., of Sonora, was pulled from the mine early Sunday morning. Lee fell more than 100 feet down the shaft while exploring the mine with a friend on Friday night.

His rescue was briefly delayed while a search and rescue team from Los Angeles with the right equipment and experience for the job could get to Sonora.

In the meantime, local authorities lowered Lee a helmet and food and water.

He was taken to a local hospital with back and leg injuries, but in good enough condition to say he was sorry if his ordeal had inconvenienced anyone.

Information from: The Union Democrat,

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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