Miners Trapped In Canada Almost All Out
Sumaira FH 2 months ago Tue 28th September 2021 | 09:56 PM
Nearly all of 39 miners trapped underground in eastern Canada for two days have been rescued and the remainder were expected to reach the surface soon Tuesday, officials and local media said
Ottawa, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 28th Sep, 2021 ) :Nearly all of 39 miners trapped underground in eastern Canada for two days have been rescued and the remainder were expected to reach the surface soon Tuesday, officials and local media said.
None of the miners were injured.
Shawn Rideout, chief mine rescue officer with Ontario Mine Rescue, told public broadcaster CBC that 33 of the miners had been rescued, so far.
"Our volunteers and our mine rescue officers have been at it since seven o'clock Monday morning," he said.
"There's light at the end of the tunnel, we're getting there," he said. "Six (miners) are left to go, and we're hoping by mid-afternoon, we'll have everybody on the surface, safe and sound and back to their families." He described "a slow process" using ropes and ladders to help miners climb up a secondary egress. "It is quite a depth -- 3,000 feet is a long way to go. That's why it's taking such a long time," he said.
"You know, they've been underground for almost 48 hours now, (and some) who are not physically capable to make the climb, we will use ropes to hoist them up, level by level." In a statement, the Brazilian mining company Vale said a heavy scoop bucket had detached from and collided with the conveyance system on Sunday, rendering it unusable.
Its head of mining in Ontario, Gord Gilpin said the employer is "relieved and delighted to see (the miners) returning to surface safe and sound." "There is no doubt this was and continues to be an exhausting experience. I commend them on their patience and their resolve," he said, adding thanks also to the rescuers.
The mine had closed in 1972, but Vale completed work and reopened it in 2014. In the first six months of 2021, about 3,600 tons of finished nickel were extracted from it.