Sparwood, B.C. – Today at about 7:30 p.m. MST mine rescue personnel extracted the body of a man from an old mine opening approximately six kilometres from the main security gate of the Elkview mine. A hiker had alerted the local RCMP yesterday that there may be someone inside the opening to the old mine. RCMP secured the area and requested the assistance of Teck Coal in assembling a qualified team of underground mine rescue personnel to properly assess the area and determine a safe course of action to further the investigation.
Teck Coal surface mine rescue and health and safety personnel assisted an underground mine rescue team consisting of personnel from Teck’s Pend Oreille mine located in northeastern Washington State and the Bull River mine located in southeastern B.C., with the assessment and recovery. Representatives from the B.C. Coroner’s Service, the RCMP and the Ministry of Mines and Energy also were on site. Following the recovery work, the entrance into the old mine opening was boarded up. It will be resealed permanently with concrete as it had been in the past.
No further information is available as the matter is in the hands of the Coroner’s Service and the RCMP.
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