Two Tasmanian gold miners trapped 3,000 feet underground for 14 days were rescued yesterday, ending a saga that had gripped Australia. The rescue of the pair, who had been feared dead, has been described as "an inspiring example of Australian mateship."
Todd Russell, 34, and Brant Webb, 37, were trapped in a safety cage in the mine in Beaconsfield, Tasmania, after a 2.1 magnitude earthquake caused a collapse of underground rocks and killed their colleague, 44-year-old Larry Knight on April 25. Initially, it was feared that the two men, both married and both with three children, had also perished but investigators using a thermal imaging camera five days after the collapse found them still alive and the non-stop effort to bring the pair to safety began.
well the bit about mateship is totally cringe-worthy (yeah, no other country would have done this ), but its an amazing story and I was happy to wake this morning to this news.
13 days man ... for 6 of them they were in complete darkness with no idea people were still searching.
and they strutted out of there like they owned the joint, must have felt pretty good!