BORON — An unidentified man who was trespassing at Rio Tinto’s Boron facility Monday afternoon died after falling from great heights inside the mine while trying to elude mine security, officials said Tuesday.
The man was spotted trespassing at the massive open pit mine and officials contacted the Kern County Sheriff’s Office about 3:41 p.m. The trespasser was approached by mine security, who offered him water, but then he started running from them in the mine, Sheriff’s officials said.
While running, the man scaled and fell from two 30- to 50-foot “cliffs” inside the mine pit. He was airlifted to a local Los Angeles County hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The man had not yet been identified as of Tuesday afternoon.
The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration has been contacted about the incident, Sheriff’s officials said.
Rio Tinto officials confirmed an unauthorized individual had entered the mine site Monday afternoon and that mine officials turned the situation over to Kern County Sheriff’s officials.
The mine operations were halted for a few hours during the incident to ensure the safety of all involved, but were restarted on Tuesday.