Tuesday, May 09, 2006
It's hard to describe how good it felt to hear that two gold miners in Australia were rescued this week after being trapped underground for nearly two weeks. Unfortunately, a third miner died. But it says a lot for the persistence of the mine rescue teams in Australia. My ears always perk up when I hear news of a mining disaster somewhere in the world. Some years ago, I was a mine rescue man in Timmins. At the Kidd Creek mine, the orange hardhat marked you as mine rescue. I still have mine. By law, each level had to have two guys. I was lucky enough to be trained by Joe McInnis. I enjoyed the work. I was with a great bunch of guys.