Tahmoor miners rescued after eight hours

The mine at Tahmoor. Picture: Mylee Hogan, 7 News
The mine at Tahmoor. Picture: Mylee Hogan, 7 News

Two miners trapped 160 metres underground for more than eight hours at Tahmoor have been rescued.

Mine operator SIMEC Mining confirmed the Tahmoor Coking Coal employees – who were unable to get out of a mine shaft due to a mechanical breakdown – had been brought back to the surface.

“Thanks to the excellent teamwork of SIMEC Mining employees and the emergency services crews, the employees reached the surface safe and well close to midnight, passing medical checks before being reunited with their families,” the company said in a statement.

The miners, men aged 54 and 37, were not injured.

The employees had been in the mine shaft since just after 3pm on Wednesday, when the lift carrying them stopped more than 150 metres from the surface.

The company said the lift came to a halt after its “protection systems engaged”.

“The lift was immediately isolated both electrically and mechanically and two‐way communications were established between the lift and the surface as rescue plans were put in place,” it said.

The rescue involved using a crane to lower a second lift into the shaft and retrieve the men, one at a time.

An investigation into the incident is under way.

First appeared on the Illawarra Mercury