Trapped miners were “laughing and joking”

A miner tapped in Newmont's Trio underground mine in New Zealand earlier this week said workers were "laughing and joking" while they awaited rescue.

One News reports workers were confident they would make it out and knew it was "just a matter of hours rather than days" before they were rescued.

Workers at the mine were forced into refuge chambers earlier this week after a truck fire raised the alarm.

Several hours after they were retrieved from the chambers.

Newmont officials told One News safety investigations were still ongoing at the mine but production was expected to recommence within the next few days.

Officials also said while the fire was the first of its kind for the mine, the workers trapped underground had been retrieved in a "textbook rescue".

Image: Julian Apse

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