Henty Gold Mine search update at 11.00 am 23 January 2020
The search for a missing mine worker at Henty Gold Mine on Tasmania’s West Coast will utilise a thermal imaging drone and a robotic camera to search the area of collapsed earth.
Officers from Tasmania Police’s Bomb Response Group are preparing to head underground as close as safely possible (likely to be approximately 50m) from the area of collapsed earth to utilise a robotic camera.
Tasmania Police’s Chief Pilot will also go underground to operate a thermal imaging drone.
The mine’s Emergency Response Team will utilise the information from the drone and the camera to locate the man and develop a plan for evacuation.
Ambulance Tasmania is also part of the crew heading underground.
Henty Gold Mine Search
Police and emergency services are currently on the scene at Henty Gold Mine on the West Coast where a mining worker is missing underground.
The worker was reported missing about 4am after his colleagues could not make communications contact with him and entered the area he was working in, about 20 minutes descent underground.
The three men found a section of earth collapsed and were unable to locate their colleague. They went back to the surface and raised the alarm.
When they deem it safe the mine’s rescue team will commence searching.
Work Safe Tasmania and the Mines Inspector have been notified.