Man Falls Into Mine Shaft, Breaks Legs, Kills Rattlesnakes, Lives 2 Days

John Waddell is a 62-year-old explorer, and after falling into a mineshaft, breaking both legs and killing three rattlesnakes, he was finally rescued.

By karlibenoit on October 18, 2018
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A 62-year-old man in Arizona, named John Waddell, frequents the mine shafts. He told a friend where he was going, and said he’d be back on Tuesday. Tuesday came and went, so his pal went to look for him.

John’s friend, Terry Schrader, pulled up to the mine shaft. Right away, Terry says he heard John screaming for help. He had fallen into the mine shaft and broke both of his legs. Obviously he couldn’t get out, and hoped someone would show up. Here’s probably the worst part though – there were snakes in that mine. As John was down there, with two broken legs, in pain, he found that out. All-in-all he killed three rattlesnakes while sitting there. I’m only assuming he had a flashlight or some kind of lantern that he was using to see. But if he did that in the dark, this guy is someone not to mess with.

Terry called for help before trying to keep his friend company. Help arrived, and it took about 6 hours to get John out of the mine. He was airlifted to a hospital where he’s expected to recover just fine. He suffered two broken legs, cuts and bruises, and was severely dehydrated. Check out the original story here.

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