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Australia Search for miner missing in Henty Gold Mine enters its second day

23:40  23 january  2020
23:40  23 january  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

Henty gold miner's loader buried after ground below gave way, union says

  Henty gold miner's loader buried after ground below gave way, union says New details come to light about how tragedy struck a mine worker on Tasmania's west coast — and who was working with him at the time. The miner, named yesterday as 44-year-old Cameron John Goss, of Queenstown, is presumed dead after a collapse at the Henty Gold Mine near Zeehan early on Thursday morning.The national arm of the union representing workers at the mine site said it believed the ground underneath Mr Goss's loader caved in after he picked up a second load of earth, plunging his machine down a 15-metre deep crevasse that had not existed moments before.

Tasmania's west coast communities are holding out hope tonight for a miner missing deep underground at the Henty Gold Mine . A dangerous and difficult search

The Henty Gold Mine is located at the head of the Henty River on the edge of the West Coast Range in Western Tasmania. It is approximately 30 km north of Queenstown.

a tunnel in the dark: The Queenstown man was reported missing around 4:00am on Thursday morning. (ABC: Selina Bryan)© Provided by ABC NEWS The Queenstown man was reported missing around 4:00am on Thursday morning. (ABC: Selina Bryan)

The search for a miner missing underground in a mine in Tasmania's west has entered its second day.

Police said they hold "grave fears" for the Queenstown man, who has been missing in the Henty Gold Mine near Zeehan for more than 24 hours.

The man's shift began at 7:00pm on Wednesday night and his colleagues lost contact with him early on Thursday morning.

Threatened ghost bats a 'main issue' for Northern Territory gold mine's green light

  Threatened ghost bats a 'main issue' for Northern Territory gold mine's green light A Northern Territory gold mine which could create up to 80 jobs and provide a shot in the arm to the embattled nearby town of Pine Creek could be put in jeopardy by a rare and tiny flying mammal. A small population of the ghost bat — which was listed as a threatened species in 2016 — exists at the site of the mothballed Union Reefs gold mine and poses an environmental hurdle to the project's reopening.Research suggests there are less than 10,000 of these ghost bats — Macroderma gigas — in existence with up to 3,500 of these are in the NT — and the population is declining.

Emergency crews were called to Henty Gold Mine at 4am Thursday. The worker had been working in an area 20 minutes underground. His colleagues went to search for him after they failed to make contact with him and found a section of the mine had collapsed, police said.

The Henty Gold Mine in Tasmania. The three workers discovered a section of collapsed earth in the area he had The mine 's rescue team will commence searching for the man when it is deemed safe, with The remaining two were found alive six days after the collapse. AAP with The Sydney Morning

He was about a 20-minute descent underground at the time, said police.

They were unable to find him, but discovered a section of collapsed earth where he had been working.

A thermal imaging device and robotic drone were sent down into the mine to try and locate him, but they were unable to find him or any signs of life.

More than 20 people have also been sent down into the mine and they described it as "extremely dark and extremely dangerous", with teams relying on mining personnel to guide them.

Specialist equipment was used overnight to map the area where he was working, but the situation has yet to change.

The first crew went back in about 6:00am on Friday.

His name has not been released yet, but it is understood the man is in his late 40s and has been mining for two years.

Man missing in Far North Queensland after boat found adrift .
Queensland police say they have "no idea what's happened" to a fisherman whose boat was found drifting in the mouth of the Johnston River south of Cairns late yesterday.Police said the 55-year-old man launched his 5.6-metre boat alone from Mourilyan Harbour, south of Cairns, around 6:00am on Tuesday.

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