Man seriously injured in fall


Photo submitted Members of the Harlan County Rescue Squad assembled a rope system to remove Eural Allen from a ravine in a Stokes basket after he fell Tuesday evening.

Pictured is the ravine where Eural Allen fell down near an old mine site at Lynch.

The Kentucky State Police E-911 dispatch at Post 10 received a call Tuesday evening that a man had fell into an abandoned mine at Lynch and was seriously injured. After more calls came in and emergency personnel arrived on the scene, it was determined Eural Allen had fell into a steep ravine.

The Harlan County Rescue Squad was dispatched along with the Tri-City Rescue Squad, Lynch and Benham police departments, LifeCare Ambulance Service and Kentucky State Police Trooper Brandon Burton to assist.

Emergency officials said Allen was reportedly taking pictures of and old mine washout, lost his footing, and fell into a steep ravine — tumbling around 75 feet down. Allen sustained multiple injuries in the fall that included some broken bones.

Harlan County Rescue Squad Capt. Chris Allen said a rope system was assembled. A Stokes basket was lowered down the ravine to remove Eural Allen from the area.

Chris Allen said the accident location was several miles into the mountains. The site was the No. 33 Mine area where the mine had at one time blew out.

“The area was wet and muddy where water was washing across the road, and he apparently lost footing and fell down the mountain. It was a very long fall for him, which caused several injuries to his body,” Chris Allen said. “I was impressed by how many people in the area got involved and helped pull the rope system.”

The rescue squad used their off-road utility vehicles to transport Eural Allen to LifeCare’s ambulance. He was then transported to a landing zone in the area, and airlifted to a trauma center to be treated for his injuries.

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