Man rescued from mine shaft – Chifley

A man has been airlifted to hospital after being rescued from a disused mine shaft in the state’s Central Tablelands.

About 10.30am yesterday (Monday 12 May 2020), emergency services were called to Sunny Corner State Forest, 36km west of Lithgow, following reports of a man had fallen 10m down a mine shaft.

Officers attached to Chifley Police District attended along with Bathurst Police Rescue, NSW VRA and NSW Ambulance.

Police were told the 53-year-old man was riding his trail bike through Sunny Corner State Forest with a group when they stopped and dismounted at a mine shaft about 70m off the Turpins Fire Trail.

The man entered a horizontal tunnel, where the edge gave way and he fell down a vertical shaft, falling about 10m into water.

He was brought to the surface about 12.10pm and, after being treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics, was carried a short distance to a 4WD ambulance and he was driven to a helicopter.

The man has been airlifted to Westmead Hospital for treatment for suspected broken ankles, a dislocated shoulder, internal injuries and bruising.

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