1 missing after collapse at N. Idaho silver mine
BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Hecla Mining Co.’s president says rescuers are doing everything they can to reach a missing miner at a northern Idaho silver mine where a tunnel collapsed more than a mile underground.
Crews are clearing debris from the collapse in hopes of finding the Lucky Friday Mine worker, whose name hasn’t been released. Hecla president Phil Baker says the collapse occurred Friday afternoon close to where two employees were working.
One worker escaped without injuries, but there’s been no contact with the other.
A Hecla spokesman says the two employees had just finished watering down blasted-out rock and ore when the collapse occurred about 75 feet from the end of the 6,150-foot deep tunnel. Officials say it’s unclear if the entire 75-foot section collapsed, or only a portion of it, possibly leaving the miner trapped on the other side.
So far, no cause for the collapse has been identified.