How would jumping into a mine shaft appease the gods?

Sometime people put their own lives at risk to rescue… this guy.

Rescuers: Man jumps into Meteor Crater mine shaft to ‘appease the gods’ | azfamily.com Phoenix.

More than 30 rescuers had to battle freezing temperatures, high winds and rough terrain to save an injured man who jumped into a mine shaft in the bottom of Meteor Crater on Thursday.

Coconino County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Gerry Blair said Parminder Singh, 28, told deputies that he intentionally jumped into the mine shaft in an attempt to “appease the gods.”

At about 4 p.m., an employee of the Meteor Crater park called the sheriff’s offfice to report a trespasser at the bottom of the crater, which is closed to public access. The employee watched through binoculars and saw the man jump feet first into the vertical mine shaft.

Access to the mine shaft was difficult, requiring a one-mile hike with a 600-foot drop in elevation to reach the bottom of the crater. Rescuers were forced to cut their way through a 7-foot fence topped with barbed wire to get to the opening of the shaft.

I have really only two pressing questions. What gods was he appeasing and how is that supposed to work?

  5 comments for “How would jumping into a mine shaft appease the gods?

  1. Sam
    January 13, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Maybe he just watched Joe Versus the Volcano
    :-/

  2. John B
    January 13, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Isn’t this what’s known as a leap of faith?

  3. Brian
    January 15, 2013 at 6:11 AM

    Seeing the name, and this bizarre behavior, I wonder if he isn’t somehow connected to the other Indian guy who got poisoned after winning the lottery….

    • January 15, 2013 at 8:53 AM

      Why would there be any connection? You’d have to provide more than a hunch about that. I don’t want this to become some rumor mongering site. Critical thinking only.

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