15979Re: Beaconsfield Mine
- May 2, 2006--- In Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com, "Amanda Lovitt" <cread@...>
>"Aussie miners trapped for week waiting for rescue
> Hi Caye
> The whole thing could still go horribly pear shaped.
May 2, 2006
BEACONSFIELD, Australia -- Wedged for nearly a week in a cramped cage
a half-mile underground, two gold miners got right to the point when
rescuers made radio contact: ''Get us out.''
The words brought joy to this town of 3,000 on the southern
Australian island state of Tasmania, but officials said it could be
two more days before emergency crews are able to rescue the trapped
Brant Webb, 37, and Todd Russell, 34, were trapped April 25 by a cave-
in that killed another miner.
Webb and Russell apparently were saved by a slab of rock that fell
onto the cage of their cherry-picker and prevented smaller rocks from
hitting them after a small earthquake.
To reach the two miners, rescue workers must tunnel through 40 feet
of collapsed rock without triggering another collapse.
On Monday, rescuers fed the trapped men biscuits, water, a protein
drink and vitamin tablets through a tube. The men had been getting by
on rancid water that drips through the rocks. Enough oxygen also got
through to keep them alive.
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Courtesy of Caye - RU
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