ALLENTOWN, Pa. - A man who called 911 after his friend survived a 500-foot fall at a strip mine was charged Monday with pushing him over the edge.
While Nathan Bowman recovered from broken bones and other injuries in a hospital, Richard D. George was sent to Schuylkill County Prison in lieu of $10,000 bail.
Authorities said in court documents that George, after telling a story that didn't add up, admitted under questioning that he pushed Bowman into the canyon-shaped mine about 1 a.m. Friday after they got into an argument.
Police said the 23-year-olds were trespassing on coal company property when George pushed Bowman off a sheer cliff.
Bowman, of Tamaqua, broke his collarbone and tailbone and suffered injuries to his wrist and ankle when he went over the side of the Springdale Pit, an inactive coal mine about 700 feet deep, 3,000 feet long and 1,500 feet wide.
Looking for a pic of Richard.
Sounds like a great friend...probably lots of fun to have around.