28 April 2006

Beaconsfield Gold Mine Disaster

My thoughts are with the loved ones of the miners lost in the Beaconsfield Gold Mine in Tasmania. One poor man is confirmed dead and another two are still missing. The poor blokes were just doing their job, trying to earn an honest living.

A small earthquake (at approx 9.25pm 25/4/06) was triggered by ? drilling or ? and this triggered rock slides within the mine. Luckily others found their way out.

When I lived in Newcastle I met a man who had been underground working in a mine when a large earthquake occurred. He and his fellow workers managed to escape injury. He and others there returned to work at the mine once it was safe. Very brave men!
My dear friend recently lost her son in another work accident and I am sure she will probably never come to terms with it. I know I couldn't.


30/4/06 - The two miners are alive! After five days! They have been communicating with rescuers. IT IS A MIRACLE!! It will be many hours, possibly days, before they can be safely rescued and brought to the surface, but water and some food is being sent to them through a pipe and they are able to communicate with the rescuers.

1/5/06 - Food and water has been successfully given to the two trapped miners. Authorities are still saying it will be many, many hours before they can be freed. For their safety and the safety of their rescuers, it is a very slow and painful process of digging and drilling through tonnes of rock.
My prayers and hopes are with them tonight. (I am sure many Australians feel the same way).

2/5/06 - Another day dawns above ground. More hours for those two men to endure being trapped almost 1km under ground. Food and water was sent 12 metres along a PVC pipe that has been inserted through a hole drilled through the rock. Rescuers are keeping in contact with the men. Authorities say it will still be many hours before a tunnel large enough to bring them to safety will be completed.
(Please let this rescue go well).
3/5/06 - A machine has been assembled to slowly drill towards where the men are trapped. It has taken a long time because it had to be assembled, adapted to work horizontally instead of vertically and cemented in. The men are still in contact and are reported to be OK. I watched a very heart wrenching interview with one of their fathers this morning. He hadn't spoken to the media before. He said the family is doing it very hard. It must be so traumatic having to wait and worry for such long time.
It is hoped that once the men are reached they will be well enough to crawl through the new tunnel to safety. (Please let everything go to plan).
4/5/06 - The first smaller tunnel has been made to reach the miners. The head of the machine will now be changed to enable a larger tunnel (big enough to let the miners crawl to safety) to be made around that tunnel through the 16 metres of rock. This will now take 12 to 24 more hours! The miners are said to be in good spirits - actually manging to get some sleep and eating solid food for the first time. Everything is said to be going well so far.
(Hopefully tomorrow will be the day they are saved. All accounts now say Saturday or later though - they must be extremely brave and strong willed men.)
5/5/06 - The rescue is still progressing. The mine manager says all is going well and he actually had a smile on his face today for the first time. It may be some time tomorrow when the rescuers finally break through the rock to reach the miners. The final stage has to be done by hand as it is too dangerous to use machinery too close to them.
(Not only Australians, but many people throughout the World are hoping and praying for a safe outcome)
06/05/06 So close and yet so far - Rescuers are now using state of the art hand held tools to try and get through the last metre or so of rock to reach the miners. It may be late tonight or tomorrow. 11 nights now!!!!!!!!! They are made of tougher stuff than most people I would say to still be sane after this long.
(Please let them be free soon!)
7/5/06 - Terrible, dark, rainy and windy day here today. News that rescuers have hit very hard rock and it is taking much, much longer than expected to drill through the last couple of metres to reach the men.
Shocking news of the death of news reporter Richard Carleton, who suffered a suspected heart attack minutes after asking the mine manager a question at a press conference outside the mine. Many people witnessed this and shock and sadness has added to their stress of waiting for the rescue.
(Hopefully things will go better overnight)
8/5/06 - Cold, frosty but bright morning today. Looks like being a mild, sunny day.
(Let this lovely bright day be the day that the miners are finally free after 13 nights trapped underground.)
9/5/05 - HOPES AND PRAYERS AND HARD WORK FROM THE RESCUERS HAVE PAID OFF - BRANT AND TODD ARE ABOVE GROUND. THEIR WISH WAS TO WALK OUT OF THE MINE AND THAT IS WHAT THEY HAVE DONE. THE RESCUERS BROKE THROUGH TO THEM AT 4.50 AM TODAY. THEY ARE SAFE AND WELL AND LOOKING FORWARD TO THEIR FUTURE.

12 comments:

2paw said...

It is very sad, isn't it. I have lived in mining towns and one of my friends was in an accident. He was crushed when his truck did a backflip when the edge crumbled.He's OK, they cobbled him together 20 years agao and it's mostly still hlding. the last thing you ever want to hear is the siren.... Apparently the earth tremors are caused by the mining. It doesn't sound very safe to me at all.
On the 'free' balls of wool - sadly the book only had pictures of 6 green balls of wool, and even more sadly I still bought it!!!

linda said...

It is very sad. Being in Construction we see and hear of too many accidents and unfortunately had a death on one of our sites about 4 years ago. Terrible loss for your friend and she probably will never get over it. Not good.

Jadey 0:-) said...

A huge tragedy. I feel so sorry for their families.

Mary said...

This is very sad and to think that most of our luxuries come from people who risk their lives everyday for us :-(

Julie's journey said...

The magnitude of this tragedy, especially for the ones still waiting for news, makes me lost for words. My thoughts are with them.
:o(

CaramelKitKat said...

Did you hear the news?? Two have been found alive!

Slim Suzy said...

YES, IT IS A MIRACLE!
THE TWO MEN ARE ALIVE.
I HOPE & PRAY THAT ALL WILL GO WELL WITH THEIR RESCUE TONIGHT.

Slim Suzy said...

THEY HAVE SURVIVED FIVE DAYS TRAPPED IN THE MINE!

Briony said...

No-one can imagine how bad that would be for them. At least now they have a little glimmer of hope. I pray that they get them out alive, it would be worse now if they don't. Fingers (and everything else) is crossed for them.
Bri

kathrynoh said...

It's an amazing story - I remember hearing a few days ago that they were presumed dead and feeling so bad for their families and now they have been given this second chance. Been trapped like that would be my worst nightmare.

But, I must confess, when I was reading about the rescue this morning, and it said they'd been six days without food, a tiny part of me was wondering how much weight they'd lost. Just can't turn that off.

Briony said...

I'm with Kathryn, I was thinking the same thing. We're bad aren't we? Apparently if you don't eat for 7 days you lose half your body weight. But you also do an awful lot of damage to your internal organs.
Bri

Christy_Ann said...

My thoughts and prayers are with them too.