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California man rescued from Arizona mine shaft

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 11, 2013 at 9:01 pm •  Published: January 11, 2013

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A California man rescued early Friday from the bottom of a mine shaft in northern Arizona's Meteor Crater reportedly jumped in to "appease the gods," authorities said.

Coconino County sheriff's officials said Parminder Singh told deputies after the eight-hour rescue in freezing temperatures that he intentionally jumped into the shaft, which is 100 feet deep and closed to the public.

Singh, 28, of Union City, was reported to be in fair condition at Flagstaff Medical Center. A hospital spokeswoman said Singh was not in any condition to speak to reporters and she would not disclose what injuries he suffered.

Sheriff's spokesman Gerry Blair said deputies believe Singh had "a broken arm and a broken leg and some abrasions."

Blair said it was still unclear if Singh came all the way from California just to jump into the vertical mine shaft.

The Arizona Daily Sun reported Friday night that investigators believe Singh is a semi-truck driver because his 18-wheeler was later found in a parking lot near the crater, which is a tourist attraction 35 miles east of Flagstaff and also used as a research laboratory.

Deputies said that during an interview with investigators after the rescue, Singh told them he intentionally jumped into the shaft to "appease the gods."

Blair said Singh didn't elaborate. He said "it remains to be seen" whether Singh would face trespassing or other charges.

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