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Lucky Friday mine incident: 7 Miners injured

12/16/2011

Northeast Idaho:

A rock burst at a mine in northern Idaho Wednesday evening injured seven miners, a company spokeswoman said.

The incident happened more than a mile underground at the Lucky Friday Mine in Mullan, according to Melanie Hennessey, a company vice president.

Twenty-five miners were in the area at the time, she said. The injured miners were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The Global InfoMine website describes a rock burst as “an explosive failure of rock which occurs when very high stress concentrations are induced around underground openings.”

 

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04/16/2011

Lucky Friday mine, Idaho:

 

The roof of a northeast Idaho mine collapsed Friday, trapping a man inside and setting off a complex rescue operation to save him, the mine’s owner and operator said Saturday.

The miner was one of two men working in part of the Lucky Friday Mine when a 10-by-20-foot section of mostly rock fell on him around 5:30 p.m. Friday, according to Phil Baker, president and CEO of the Hecla Mining Co.

He added that no more than 75 feet — out of a 2,200-foot stretch of the mine — collapsed, with all this happening 6,150 feet below the earth’s surface.

 

04/24/2011

Lucky Friday mine, Idaho:

 

The body of an Idaho miner trapped when the roof of the mine he was working in collapsed nine days ago was recovered Sunday afternoon, the company that owns and operates the mine said.

“Words cannot express the deep sorrow we feel at the tragic loss of our friend, colleague and 30-year veteran of the mining industry. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, loved ones and friends,” Hecla Mining Company said in a statement announcing that the body of Larry Marek had been recovered.