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Man dies after fall into Nevada mine

October 20, 2008|From the Associated Press

A Northern California man died after he fell into a mine shaft in northern Nevada, authorities said.

Sheriff's deputies in Lyon County, Nev., said Terry Berardy of Mokelumne Hill, about 55 miles southeast of Sacramento, was unconscious and unresponsive after he was extricated Saturday from the shaft around the Ludwig Mine near Smith Valley.

Deputies said Berardy fell at least 80 feet as he and friends and family were exploring the area.

He was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was injured.

Authorities were continuing the investigation.

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