Congrats to the freed Tasmanian miners
It was an extraordinary effort. For the first five days of the 14-day ordeal, no one knew if the men were alive.
"Beaconsfield's relief at the men's rescue is tempered by sadness at the death of their colleague, Larry Knight, who died in the initial rockfall." BBCRussell and Webb appear to be in excellent health and have already checked themselves out of hospital. Tough blokes, these men who work underground. They intend to be at Larry Knight's (delayed) funeral today.
A lot must have been learned in these two weeks of effort. Perhaps the Australian skills that saved these men's lives could be exported to China, which has many thousands of miners die each year in coal mines in that nation's rush to emulate the Western consumerist lifestyle (80 per cent of the total number of accidental deaths for this type of work in the entire world -- source).
Miners freed after fortnight underground
Two Australian gold miners trapped half a mile underground for the past fortnight were finally freed last night after rescuers managed to "defy the laws of gravity" and cut upwards ...
Miners rescued after 13 days Times Online
Trapped Australian miners walk free Reuters
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