Archives for June 29, 2003

Another field amputation – Trapped miner cuts off own arm – Jun. 28, 2003

In a case evoking memories of American climber Aron Ralston, who earlier this year hacked off his arm after getting trapped under a boulder in a remote Utah canyon, the man severed his arm with a short-bladed craft knife, New South Wales state police said in a statement Sunday.

Here’s the twist:

Another worker discovered the injured miner and raised an alarm, but he insisted on severing his arm below the elbow rather than waiting for rescue, police said.

So, even though it was remote, he knew help could be summoned, but he cut his arm off anyway.

Hmmmmm. Not a camping buddy.