Firefighters from several departments rescued a 17-year-old boy from an abandoned mine shaft after he fell about 50 feet while driving an all terrain vehicle in a desert area the northern outskirts of metro Phoenix. The boy was taken to hospital for evaluation Friday night after being pulled out of the shaft near New River. No information was released about possible injuries but authorities said the boy was alert and speaking with rescuers. Rescuers arriving at the scene found him at the bottom of the shaft with the ÄTV on top of him. The Arizona State Mine Inspector’s Office says there are thousands of abandoned mine shafts across the state.