Arizona Meteor Crater rescue: Man who fell pulled out from hole

WINSLOW, AZ - A man who fell into a sinkhole at the Meteor Crater tourist attraction 35 miles east of Flagstaff has been pulled out, according to authorities.

He was apparently pulled out of the area around 5:30 a.m. Friday. There was no immediate word on his condition.

Coconino County Sheriff's spokesman Gerry Blair said the sheriff's office got a call around 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon saying a man had made his way into the bottom of the crater where people are not permitted.

Blair said when crews arrived, they discovered the man may have jumped or fallen into one of several sinkholes inside the crater. 

Crews said these sinkholes can be anywhere from 100 to 500 feet deep. 

Search and rescue crews said that darkness and weather were potentially factors in rescuing the man Thursday night. Blair said the crews had a camera to drop down a hole to see the man.

The Meteor Crater is the result of a collision between a piece of an asteroid traveling at 26,000 miles per hour and planet Earth approximately 50,000 years ago. It is nearly one mile across, 2.4 miles in circumference and more than 550 feet deep.

 
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