Arizona man rescued after falling into 100-foot mine

An Arizona man was rescued after being trapped for nearly 48 hours in a mine.
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An Arizona man was rescued after being trapped for nearly 48 hours in a mine.

Credit: Maja Hitij

Credit: Maja Hitij

An Arizona man who fell into a 100-foot mine Monday was rescued after a 48-hour ordeal that saw him break both of his legs and kill three rattlesnakes, KNXV reported.

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Crews from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office rescued John Waddell, 62, on Wednesday, KSAZ reported. Waddell went 48 hours without food or water and was airlifted to a hospital, authorities said.

"He's got both artificial knees. One of them is messed up," Waddell's friend, Terry Shrader, told KNXV.

After the fall, Shrader said Waddell found himself trapped -- with several rattlesnakes surrounding him.

Because of a pact between the two men, Shrader was able to find Waddell when he went missing.

"He called me Monday and told me he was coming to the mine. And we always had a deal, if he is not back by Tuesday (to come check on him)," Shrader told KNXV. "As I pulled out my truck I could hear him hollering. 'Help, help!'"

Shrader quickly drove out of the desert to get help, the television station reported. It took six hours to extricate Waddell from the mine.

Waddell is in good condition Thursday night, hospital officials told KNXV.

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