Sunday, April 17, 2011

UPDATED: One Miner Missing Following Accident in Northern Idaho

Posted By on Sun, Apr 17, 2011 at 8:10 AM

SUNDAY UPDATE: Hecla Mining Crews worked throughout the night in a desperate attempt to free a miner trapped more than a mile underground at the Lucky Friday Mine in Mullan, Idaho. The miner, identified as Larry Marek, was working with his brother on Friday evening when a cave-in occured. Marek's brother escaped, but Marek was trapped.

The Lucky Friday Mine is one of North America's deepest hard-rock mines. Hecla had been sinking a new shaft into the mine, reaching depths of nearly 9,000 feet. The mine employs approximately 375 men and women.

UPDATE: A rescue operation is underway in the wake of a collapse at a North Idaho Mine.

Officials with the Hecla Mining Company told Citydesk that the collapse at the Lucky Friday Mine trapped two miners. One worker escaped. The other miner, who has not been identified, was still missing as of Saturday afternoon.

Rescue equipment has been brought to the Mullan mine from Montana and Washington to aide in the rescue operation. Hecla mines silver, lead and zinc from the Lucky Friday and Greens Creek mines in Idaho's so-called "silver valley." A ground floor collapse occured at the site late Friday afternoon.


Residents of the North Idaho mining town of Mullan are holding their collective breath today in the wake of a mining accident.

The Hecla Mining Company has confirmed that there was a ground fall break at the Lucky Friday Mine in Mullan late Friday. HMC is not confirming how many miners are involved or their condition but rescue operations are underway. The mine yields silver, lead and zinc.

Hecla officials are expected to update the public and press Saturday afternoon.

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