Rescuers complete borehole to trapped Kencana miner
Yesterday rescuers bored a 70 cm diameter hole 38 metres deep to break through the chamber where a Newcrest Mining worker has been trapped for seven days in Newcrest's Kencana Mine.
The company says Pak Mursalim’s health remains good and he has been speaking with his family using a newly installed telephone line. Kencana is a mine within the Gosowong Mining Complex in Indonesia.
In a statement, the company calls completion of the bore hole "significant".
"Before attempting final extraction, the bore hole will need to be lined so that Pak Mursalim can be safely brought up," says the company.
"It is expected that lining the hole will take several days. A second extraction option, which is a new lateral development drive from the main decline to Pak Mursalim's location, is
also being progressed."
Gosowong produced 141,000 ounces of gold in the December half, accounting for about 12% of Newcrest’s gold output.