Inside the desperate mission to find two miners trapped 125metres under ground after their ute plunged into a cavern in freak accident – as rescuers dig UP from below and make a tragic discovery
- Two miners have been found dead
Two miners reported missing after a freak accident have been confirmed dead after rescuers dug a tunnel 125m underground to reach the area where they disappeared.
Dylan Langridge and Trevor Davis vanished while laying explosives 100m below ground at Dugald River Zinc Mine, 70km from Cloncurry in north-west Queensland.
Perenti managing director and chief executive Mark Norwell said, ‘This is a devastating outcome, and I want to extend my deepest sympathies and condolences to the families, friends, colleagues and loved ones of Trevor and Dylan, both of whom should have come home safely from work yesterday.’
Their ute plunged into a pitch black abyss when the ground opened up beneath them after a nearby drilling rig slipped down a mining stope, apparently triggering a sinkhole.
The drilling rig engineer managed to leap to safety, but the miners were unable to escape in time fell 25m into a cavernous pit.
Their radios remained silent after the accident, which happened around 8am on Wednesday.
Rescuers found their bodies after digging a 125m underground to reach the area where they dissapeared
Trevor Davis (left) and Dylan Langridge (right) were at the Dugald River zinc mine, about 70km from Cloncurry, in Queensland’s northwest, when a drill rig and a light vehicle suddenly fell into the mine pit just before 9am on Wednesday. There bodies have been found
Zinc mines like Dugald River (pictured) are usually built around a vertical core of ore, with a roadway spiralling around it to allow miners to use explosives to carve out the mineral, said Professor David Cliff
Two miners are trapped in the Dugald River zinc mine in rural northwest Queensland (pictured, a map of where the mine is located)