Published with permission from KRNV
ELKO, — 14 trapped miners were rescued from a mine in northwestern White Pine County on Monday.
According to Barrick Gold Corporation’s Direector of Communications Lou Schack, there was a “high wall failure” on the east wall of the Bald Mountain Mine at 4:45 p.m. on Sunday. Materials covered an access ramp road, preventing workers from getting out of the pit below.
There were 14 mines and drillers in the pit at the time. They were stuck in the pit, but no one was hurt in the initial slide. They remained in their equipment, haul trucks, shovels and drills while Barrick Gold notified MSHA and worked on a plan to retrieve the people from the pit.
Due to the weather, they had to wait until Monday morning to retrieve the 14 employees. All miners were rescued by 12:15 p.m. Mining has continued in the surrounding areas, but the pit will be closed until the investigation has concluded.
The mine pit is located in northwestern White Pine County and 75 miles southeast of Elko. The mine employs about 450 people.