DENVER — A man is recovering after he fell 30 feet into a water- and ice-filled sinkhole in the central Colorado mountain town of Leadville.

Firefighter Alex Conlin with Leadville/Lake County Fire Rescue rappelled into the hole Saturday to rescue the man, whose name and age have not been released.

The man was taken to a nearby airport, where a helicopter flew him to a hospital. His condition has not been released.

Conlin, who also was treated due to cold temperatures, said in a statement, “Risk a lot to save a lot, risk a little to save a little, risk nothing to save nothing.”

Leadville is about 75 miles southwest of Denver.

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