Rescue crews were called to a stripping pit located behind the BET coal mine operation in Coaldale last night to rescue two boys who fell down an embankment of the pit. According to police Chief Timothy Delaney, the boys were walking with two other boys in the woods when they accidentally fell about 75 feet into the pit, in the Spring Dell area, off Third Street. Delaney said police received a call from the county communications center at 7:20 p.m. alerting them to the situation.

Coaldale Volunteer Fire Co. responded to the scene, along with BET safety personnel. Rescuers rappelled down to the boys, who were sitting on a ledge, and brought them up with ropes.

One boy had a fractured ankle, Delaney said.

All four boys were taken to St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital in Coaldale and examined before being released to their parents.

Delaney said Tamaqua police are handling the matter.

Emergency personnel and fire police prevented access to the Third Street entrance to the strip mining operation, located just off US209. The boys' names, ages and conditions were released because they are juveniles.