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Sunday, April 30, 2006

Doncha just love good news!!! by Trish Morey

Today is a very special day Downunder! Since last Tuesday three miners have been trapped by a rockfall triggered by a small earthquake one kilometre under the ground in a gold mine in Beaconsfield, northern Tasmania. Last Thursday the body of one of the miners, Larry Knight, was discovered and brought to the surface. Hopes faded for the other two miners, the situation described as grim. Refusing to give up, still treating the operation as a rescue mission, it was decided to dig a new tunnel around the rockfall and try to access the missing men that way. It would take 4 days they said. All of Australia prayed that it would not be in vain.

Then last night there was a breakthrough. While still metres and possible a day or two away from Briant Webb and Todd Russell, radio contact was established. After five days the men were alive, saved by the cage of the cherry picker machine they were operating. Since then they’ve survived on the water off the sides of the mine. The whole of Beaconsfield apparently came out to celebrate last night. The whole of Tasmania, in fact the whole of Australia is cheering these men and their saviours on, praying that nothing goes wrong in the final hours of the dangerous operation as they attempt to free them and bring them once again to the surface. At the same time they’re trying to drill a small hole through more quickly to the men, to pass them much needed fresh water and food.

The news reports this morning are full of it and I think every ear Downunder is tuned in, waiting for final confirmation that the men have been rescued and reunited with their families. And what did the men have to say after almost a week underground? First of course, they wanted to ask about their families, how they were, no doubt to tell them that they loved them. And the second thing? In typical Aussie bloke style, they asked who won the weekend footy.

Ah, you’ve gotta love the Aussie bloke!:-)

It’s not over yet. There’s still a long way to go and we’re praying the men get back to the surface with noone else injured in the process. But it’s so great to hear a bad news story turn better. While there’s no happy ending for Larry Knight’s family, and hearts go out to them what they’re suffering, collectively as a nation we are cheering on the survivors. Pray they make it home safely.


At 10:41 PM, Blogger Trish Milburn said...

Prayers winging their way to Oz, Trish. These mining stories always seem to capture the hearts and minds of people. That's what happened some months back here when there was an explosion in a West Virginia coal mine, and all but one of the men died of the poisonous air. The one man who lived has mystified doctors because by all accounts he shouldn't be alive. He's being called the Miracle Miner. I hope your Aussie miners have their own miracle.

At 7:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh me too, I agree Trish. Are these the miners they thought were all safe but weren't? Oh gosh, I know I couldn't bear to be a miner myself - give me open spaces anyday - but I don't think I could bear to be a miner's wife either.

So glad to hear of your miracle miner! Talk about renewing the human spirit. That's how we all felt last night, when we heard the news 2 of them were alive. Now they're in for the hard yards and we're hoping the miracle isn't over yet.

I really take my hat off to miners and their families everywhere.

Trish Morey

At 1:56 PM, Blogger Kiki, aka Esri said...

Boy, I hope they get them out alive. Off to check Yahoo news.

At 4:23 PM, Blogger Terry McLaughlin said...

Stories like this help keep things in focus and remind us what's important. I'm keeping all the miners' families in my prayers.

Thanks for sharing, Trish!

At 8:46 PM, Blogger bridget said...

Trish, what happened? Hope all turned out well.

At 10:12 PM, Blogger Jennie Lucas said...

Yeah, what happened??? Are they okay??

At 8:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trish Morey (who has forgotten her third or fourth blogger login) said...

Well, it's Wednesday night in Oz and the miners have been down there now 8 days. Today they poured a huge concrete pad to support a huge drilling machine to drill a one metre hole through the 12m of rock between the rescuers and the men. Hopefully they'll start drilling any time and then it's a matter of 24-48 hours going gently (so not to set off any more rock falls) to hopefully free them. Apparently the men are in great spirits, although anxious to get out. They've managed to pass them life support biscuits and water and pills and music gear and flash lights and dry clothing and all manner of things to keep them more comfortable, but it still must be harrowing for the families. After the celebrations of Sunday night, it's still a long road home.

Keep on praying and hoping. They're two amazing guys.

At 8:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's a link to the latest on the story...



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