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Worker trapped at Newcrest’s Gosowong mine

A geotechnical event at an Indonesian mine has left a worker trapped 300 metres underground.

About 8.30pm on Monday night, the Kencana underground mine at the Gosowong Gold mine on Halmahera Island in Indonesia experienced the event, which caused damage to a number of mining levels.

“At this point in time the cause of the geotechnical event is unknown,” Newcrest said in a statement.

“The Kencana mine was evacuated immediately after the event and all personnel have been accounted for, except for one employee who is believed to be trapped approximately 300 metres underground.

“No other injuries have been reported.”

The company said their top priority is to contact and rescue the trapped employee, who has been identified as a local Indonesian man and is believed to be alive.

At this time, our priority is to contact and rescue the trapped employee and provide all support necessary to the employee’s family and the Gosowong workforce.

“We have notified the family of the trapped employee and relevant Indonesian authorities,” Newcrest said.

All Gosowong mining and processing operations have been suspended.

 

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AMSJ Nov 2021