06 Mar '11, 5am

A man died after rescuers had to abandon efforts to reach him after he falls into mine shaft

RENO - A FATHER of five children has died after falling into a Nevada mine shaft so deep and treacherous that rescuers had to abandon efforts to reach him while he was still alive, officials said on Saturday. Devin Westenskow, 28, of Evanston, Wyoming, worked at a geothermal drilling operation in Nevada and had gone exploring on Wednesday with two friends during his off-hours when he fell 190 feet (58m) into the open shaft northeast of Reno. His family thanked rescue workers in a prepared statement that also identified Westenskow. 'We feel they did everything possible to rescue Devin, but that there was no way to get him out alive given the extent of his injuries and instability of the mine shaft,' the statement said. 'We are forever grateful for their efforts.' The decision to end the rescue came after two unsuccessful attempts by search teams to descend into the shaft, w...

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