A 62-year-old man has died after a makeshift mine collapsed on him in the remote outback area of Opalton.
Sidney Cuddy was said to be working alone when the incident happened. Cuddy was found under a pile of rubble on Saturday night. Emergency services were notified, but it took them six hours to get to the scene due to its isolated location.
Police and firefighters had to dig with their hands to remove the debris so they could recover the body of the popular Longreach man. A friend became concerned after finding Cuddy’s damaged car late on Saturday afternoon.
Opalton area is an opal mining location – one of the biggest areas to find the rare gem in Queensland.
The reason for the mine collapse is not known. Workplace Health and Safety and the Department of Mines and Energy have been informed of the incident and will be investigating. This brings the mining accident death toll in Queensland to two for 2016.