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Firefighters rescue teen trapped in Maricopa County mine

The sheriff’s department says the teen got trapped in the hole in New River after falling off a quad.

NEW RIVER, Ariz. — Firefighters rescued a 17-year-old who got trapped in a mine shaft in Maricopa County Friday afternoon.

The sheriff’s department says the teen got trapped in the hole in New River after falling off a quad.

Dozens of rescue members could be seen from Sky12 working to get him out, and he was rescued around 8:10 p.m.

It's not clear how severe his injuries were, but authorities say the teen was alert and talking. 

He has since been transported to Phoenix Children's Hospital for treatment.

The teen's family said in a statement Thursday that the boy's family "is with him supporting his needs through these difficult times. He is supported by his local friends and extended family.

"We would like to thank the multiple agencies involved in his rescue. We look forward to a meet and greet with all the responders when we have news to share.

"We, his family, encourage all who ride wear a helmet as it may just save your life."

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