Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Congrats to the freed Tasmanian miners

Congratulations to Todd Russell and Brant Webb and to the workers and the Beaconsfield gold mine management who never gave up.

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." BBC
Russell 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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In pictures: Miners' rescue :: Tears, beers flow

ABC has video :: So does BBC

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Blogger TeacherX said...

I agree with you. These guys are tough. I can't wait to hear what they have to say about their time in the 'hole'. I think I would have died of claustophobia!

Even though they look good physically, I wonder how they are going to cope psychologically. Time will tell.

12:46 PM  
Blogger markoos said...

i don't think they'll have any problems readjusting. one of them was at the pub the night they were released drinking beers!

what a top little aussie!

11:32 AM  

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