A man has been freed after being trapped in a Diamond Creek mine shaft for four and a half hours on Wednesday afternoon.
Firefighters and police rescued 49-year-old David McCreadie from the abandoned shaft in Melbourne’s north-east, The Age reports.
McCreadie was carrying out an assessment at the site when he became stuck about 50 metres down the shaft which runs on a 45 degree angle.
Police said he was not injured and was appropriately harnessed when he entered the shaft, but something went wrong.
Country Fire Authority duty officer John Maguire said he is unsure how the man got stuck.
"They were doing some work, just opening up a mine shaft with some excavation equipment and for some reason he's become trapped down the mine shaft," he said.
"He's been working on a harness and line, he's uninjured, at the moment, conscious and breathing."