Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Queensland, Australia
The dead miner was found relatively quiclky, giving rescuers little hope of finding the other two alive.
However, after 5 days, thermal imaging cameras found the pair. They had been trapped in the "cherry picker" basket on the front of the machine they were working on.
It was another couple of days before rescuers were able to sneak a small pvc pipe through to the men, giving them food and water. They were also passed clothes, blankets, a digital camera (to show rescuers what their "home" was like) and even received i-pods to while away the hours.
The rock density was seriously underestimated however, which is why it took rescuers so many extra days to reach them. A special drill had to be sent down the mine, with concrete footings laid for it.
The pair both checked-out of hospital yesterday, one of them only a couple of hours after arriving, and attended the funeral of the dead miner, Larry Knight. His family had been putting-off the funeral so that they might be able to attend. They couldn't wait any longer, though, and the funeral was to go ahead yesterday regardless.
The whole country is abuzz. It's just fantastic that it was a happy ending, though it was tinged with sadness for the loss of one man.
One of Larry's high school friends, a man who's now the local head of a religious bikie group known as the God Squad conducted the service. Larry was a biker and the God Squad lead the hearse with their motorbikes.
Such a day of mixed emotions...
In God, we trust; all others must provide data.