Saturday, April 26, 2008

Surviving Fall Into Strip Mine Pit

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - A man survived a 500-foot fall into a strip mine Friday, astounding rescuers who spent hours on a risky descent into the abyss to bring him back out.

Police said Nathan Bowman was trespassing on coal company property around 1 a.m. Friday when he slipped and fell into the Springdale Pit, an inactive mine about 700 feet deep, 3,000 feet long and 1,500 feet wide.

Bowman tumbled down a jagged slope and then free-fell several hundred feet, his descent broken by a rock ledge not far from the bottom of the pit.


Anonymous said...

should praise god that he is still alive.God was watching over him.

toothdigger said...

That's an interesting thought - I tend to believe that God is ALWAYS watching over us. So, what does this mean? Does this mean that it was essentially God's will that that man fall into the pit? Was it God's will that he survive? Was it God's will that those other individuals show their bravery and skill in the rescue of him?

Depends, I suppose, on whether one believes that GOD is in CONTROL.