Abandoned Mineshaft Oatman Arizona Search and Rescue

Written by The Bee

July 27, 2020

Abandoned Mineshaft Oatman Arizona
Search and Rescue was activated alone with technical rope rescue team responded to the shaft.

About 2:30 pm Sunday (7/26) afternoon, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Oatman Fire, who had received a report that the barricaded fencing around an old mine shaft had become compromised and that a vehicle may have possibly gone into the shaft.

Mohave Valley Fire responded to the scene. Search and Rescue was activated and the technical rope rescue team responded to the shaft. Initial reports from local mine operators indicated the depth of the shaft may be in excess of 500 feet and was last worked during the Great Depression Era.

Rescuers setup a twin-tensioned highline with the use of an artificial high-directional to be used for a lowering and raising system. Arthur’s Well Service assisted with the rescue and brought a deep well camera for a visual of the mine shaft.

The camera was lowered to the bottom of the mine shaft and showed no indication of a vehicle or person. The Arizona State Mine Inspector’s Office arrived and will be contacting the mine owner and working to safely close off the mine shaft.

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