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Police: Man survives 500-foot fall into mine

Police say a Pennsylvania man has survived a 500-foot fall into an abandoned strip mine.
/ Source: The Associated Press

A Pennsylvania man survived a 500-foot fall into an abandoned strip mine early Friday, police said.

Coaldale Police Chief Timothy Delaney says 23-year-old Nathan Bowman of Tamaqua was trespassing on coal-company property when he slipped and fell into the cavernous Springdale Pit early Friday.

He says Bowman survived a sheer drop onto a rock ledge hundreds of feet down.

Delaney says rescuers used a basket to lift Bowman out. Bowman is in serious condition at St. Luke's Hospital in Bethlehem.

Delaney says Bowman is obviously extremely lucky to be alive.

Coaldale is 70 miles northwest of Philadelphia.