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from reports in the ‘Sunderland Echo’ and ‘Northern Echo’


A 64-year old man, Byron Weege from San Francisco, was rescued on Sunday 29th August from fluorspar mine 60ft. up a cliff in the derelict Rogerley Quarry near Frosterley, County Durham.

The man was one of small group inside the mine who became trapped when a boulder fell onto his leg. He was about 200 metres along a level, which is accessed by a steel ladder, when the accident happened.

Another member of the party raised the alarm. Fire crews from Stanhope and Crook were able to reached the man, removed the rocks and bring him to the entrance, but the precarious location made it impossible to move him further.

The Teesdale and Weardale Search and Rescue Team was called, they put him onto a stretcher so that a rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer could airlift him to the University Hospital of North Durham, where he was treated for a suspected broken thigh.

A female member of the group was also taken to hospital to be treated for shock.

It appears that Mr. Weege was one of three partners who own the mine - all geologists.  The partners were coming to the end of their three month’s work for 2004.  Although not stated, I suspect that the lady who was taken to hospital suffering from shock was another of the partners.


Submitted by Alan Vickers

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