Indian-American Parminder Singh jumps into 100-ft mine shaft to 'appease gods'


"At about 8:22 pm rescuers called out to the victim and

heard a muffled reply indicating the victim was still alive. Due to the freezing temperatures and winds, rescuers were not able to understand what the victim was attempting to tell them," it said.

They lowered supplies including food, water, a portable radio, warm clothing and a flash light to the victim, the Sheriff Office said.

"Once he (Singh) received the supplies, he was able to communicate with his rescuers via the radio. He informed them that he believed he had dislocated and broke his right arm, broke one of his legs, and complained of severe pain to both of his legs. He reported frequent episodes of loss of consciousness," the Sheriff said.

According to the Sheriff's Office, rescuers attempted to construct a rope hoist system that would allow them to enter and exit the shaft.

The soft material surrounding the shaft made it impossible for them to create anchors for the ropes.

Then an employee of HomeCo brought a T-post insertion tool and posts that allowed rescuers to create an anchor system. Thereafter a member of the Flagstaff Fire Department Technical Rescue Team was lowered 100 feet to the victim's location.

It took an hour to medically assess the victim, provide initial treatment, and prepare him to be lifted 100 feet to safety, the Sheriff Office said.

"The victim who was suffering from severe hypothermia was then carried up the 600-foot incline and a distance of more than a mile to the parking lot of the visitors' centre. Due to the high winds and low temperatures, flying the victim out of the crater was not a safe option," it said

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