Christmas Miracle: Snowmobiler rescued from 80-feet deep mine shaft

CRESTON, B.C. – A 53-year-old man can count his lucky stars or may want to think of this as his Christmas Miracle after surviving an 80-feet plunge into a mine shaft while snowmobiling with friends.

The Creston man suffered only a broken wrist and a broken ankle.

Police and Nelson search and rescue were called to the scene of the accident on Tuesday. The distress call came from snowmobilers who were with him and observed the man go into the deep hole.

“Creston RCMP and Nelson Search and Rescue attended an area 30 km up the Bayonne Creek Forest Service Rd, which is between Creston and Salmo off of Highway #3. It is believed that the mine shaft opening was covered by snow at the time of the fall,” said Cpl. Dan Moskaluk.

“The search and rescue helicopter was used to remove the man once he was out of the mine shaft. He was flown to Creston Valley Hospital and as of yesterday he was in stable condition, suffering from a broken ankle and wrist.”

“The area is well used by back country enthusiasts both mechanized and non mechanized users. It must be noted that this is an area where there had been a lot of mining activity in past decades and is known to have various abandoned shafts and other hazards,” said Moskaluk.

“Please be reminded to be aware of the areas you are using, go in equipped for an emergency and heed to weather and snow condition ratings before heading out into the BC back country.”

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