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Three people rescued from Iron Ridge mine Monday night

Approximately 60 responders worked the incident with multiple teams entering the mine, including dog units.
Approximately 60 responders worked the incident with multiple teams entering the mine,...
Approximately 60 responders worked the incident with multiple teams entering the mine, including dog units.(Galax Volunteer Fire Department)
Published: Mar. 29, 2021 at 11:52 PM EDT
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(WDBJ) - Three people were rescued Monday night out of the “old mines” in the Iron Ridge area, according to the Galax Fire Department.

The hikers had entered the old abandoned Iron Mines around 6 p.m. and were unable to get back out.

Emergency officials said the three found a ventilation shaft where they were able to get one bar on a cellphone and call for help.

The hikers were located by 10:13 p.m.

Removing them from the caves took another 45 minutes. All units, as well as the hikers, were back at the Command Post at Midway Baptist Church by 11:30 p.m.

No injuries were reported.

Approximately 60 responders worked the incident with multiple teams entering the mine, including dog units.

Search teams included Galax Police Department, Pipers Gap Rescue Squad, Inc., and Baywood Search and Rescue Squad. Blacksburg Technical Rescue cave rescue team was requested to respond as well.

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