The Henty gold mine emergency response team (ERT) has successfully recovered the body of a Pybar Mining Services employee who has been missing since January 23.
The body of the 44-year-old man from Queenstown, Tasmania was recovered at 3am yesterday after the first recovery attempt in late January was unsuccessful.
Operations at the Diversified Minerals-owned Henty gold mine have been suspended since the worker was reported missing last month.
Three colleagues were unable to communicate with the worker and found an area of collapsed earth where he had been working.
Pybar chief executive Brendan Rouse expressed relief that the ERT had recovered the worker’s body and praised all involved for their hard work.
“On behalf of all at Pybar, I express my deepest sympathies to (his) family and gratitude to all on site for their efforts in this recovery,” Rouse said.
“This has been a very complex operation and the recovery and site teams have experienced intense physical and mental strain over the past weeks.
“It is an incredibly sad time for all people at the mine and in the community.”
Tasmania Police also offered its sympathies to the victim’s family, friends and colleagues.
“The incident will be investigated and a report prepared for the coroner,” Tasmania Police stated in a media release.
Diversified Minerals and Pybar will continue to provide counselling to employees following this incident.