Tahmoor Coking Coal mine remains closed following rescue operation

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

The doors to Tahmoor Coking Coal’s mine remains closed today after two employees were rescued from an underground mine shaft.

A lift’s mechanical breakdown led to two miners being trapped 160 metres underground for eight hours in the SIMEC Mining facility.

The two men, aged 54 and 37, were not injured during the incident.

A SIMEC Mining spokesman said the Tahmoor mine would remain closed as the company continued to investigate what caused the breakdown.

“The lift is part of the investigation and will only be brought back online once ourselves and the relevant authorities are confident operations can be safely resumed,” he said.

The spokesman said the two miners reached the surface “safe and well” shortly before midnight.

“The employees are uninjured, have passed medical checks and have been reunited with their families,” he said.

The pair had been stuck in the mine shaft since just after 3pm on Wednesday when the lift carrying them to the surface suddenly stopped.

“The lift was immediately isolated both electronically and mechanically and two-way communications were established between the lift and surface as rescue plans were put in plans,” the spokesman said.

“SIMEC Mining thanks the emergency services crews and our own employees who responded promptly to ensure a safe outcome.

“An investigation into the incident has begun to identify the cause as well as possible improvements which could help mitigate a reoccurence.”

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