Tasmania Police, fire crews and mine rescue crews have not been able to locate a missing worker at the Diversified Minerals-operated Henty gold mine on Tasmania’s west coast.
Search crews have returned to the surface and were reviewing the footage of the collapsed area, which was recorded using a thermal imaging drone and robotic camera.
They were yet to locate the missing PYBAR Mining Services contract worker or identify signs of life.
The rescue team headed underground yesterday afternoon to investigate the area after the worker was reported missing by his colleagues at about 4am Thursday morning.
“We remain deeply concerned and are doing everything possible to locate the missing worker,” PYBAR chief executive officer Brendan Rouse said.
“We are also concerned about the management, staff and emergency personnel at the mine who have been affected by this incident and are providing them with the necessary support and counselling.”
Diversified Minerals and PYBAR Mining Services have been in contact with the missing man’s family and were providing them with regular updates on the rescue mission’s progress.
The worker’s colleagues reported the man as missing after being unable to communicate with him while he was working about 20-minutes descent underground.
They entered the area he was working and found a section of collapsed earth. The three workers subsequently returned to the surface to raise the alarm.
Operations were suspended at Henty gold mine yesterday, and remain suspended as the rescue efforts continue.