The body of the miner trapped in an Idaho mine has been recovered, the company announced Monday.
Hecla Mining Cpompany said the body of thirty year mine veteran, 53-year-old Larry Marek was recovered following the findings on Saturday, when bore holes and probes made by crews found only sand and rubble.
By Sunday afternoon in Idaho, the mining company had released a statement saying Marek’s body had been discovered from the 15 stope inside the Lucky Friday Mine.
The mine is located in Mullan, Idaho, in the United States and Marek had been trapped there since 15 April.
His brother managed to escape the collapsing mine unharmed, but Larry Marek was not so fortunate.
He had worked in the industry for three decades and for Hecla Mining for 12 years.
According to local media, the Marek’s were a well-known mining family in the community and residents have expressed their pain at the loss of a local life.
"Mining’s our life,” a Mullan resident told Idaho media.
Like I said, we’ve all lost somebody in these mines.
You just feel like the air’s let out of you. It’s just an awful feeling,"
A statement released from president of Hecla Mining, Phil Baker, expressed the mining company’s shock and sadness at the loss.
"Words cannot express the deep sorrow we feel at the tragic loss of Larry,” it read.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, loved ones, and friends."
Baker said an investigation into the cause of the collapse would be conducted.
"We will begin in depth investigation to discover as to how and why this happened and what we can do to prevent it from ever happening again.”
According to the company, the last fatality was 25 years ago.
Larek will leave behind a wife, four children and five grandchildren when he is farewelled at his funeral, which is scheduled for Thursday.