& # 39; The chance of survival is low & # 39 ;: hope disappears for the missing worker buried under the ground and rocks after mine collapses
- A worker was buried under a wall at Northern Territory's Bootu Creek Mine
- Authorities now say the man probably died in the 26 hours since the collapse
- The employee is supposed to be buried under & # 39; a significant amount of soil and stone & # 39;
A Northern Territory mine employee is still buried under a pile of rocks and earth after the walls around him collapsed more than a day ago.
The chance that the 59-year-old man is still alive becomes slimmer by the hour after being locked up in a mine in Bootu Creek, about 110 km north of Tennant Creek, on Saturday afternoon.
He has now spent more than 26 hours underground while colleagues and emergency services worked around the clock to save him.
Christopher Police, chief police inspector, agreed that the rescue mission is likely to lead to the location of a body.
The chance that the man is still alive diminishes with the hour after he was trapped on Saturday afternoon in a mine in Bootu Creek (photo), about 110 km north of Tennant Creek.
"Unfortunately, due to the nature of the collapse, the chance of survival is low," he said.
& # 39; The instability of the site remains very real, so excavation is currently delayed. & # 39;
Emergency services reported the substantial wall failure at approximately 2.40 p.m. on the western part of the site.
& # 39; Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, the workers, and the emergency services that respond. & # 39;
It is assumed that the worker comes from Darwin.
Christopher Police, chief police inspector, agreed that the rescue mission is likely to lead to the location of a body
& # 39; An employee is believed to have been swallowed up by a significant volume of land and rock & # 39 ;, said a police, fire and emergency services officer from NT.
NT Worksafe has been informed.
The Tennant Creek police said mine workers are coordinating the rescue operation with the help of the police.
Resource Minister Paul Kirby now has those at work instructed to retire for the night and stop working in the mine.
The manganese ore mine is owned by the OM company Singapore.
They exported the first shipment of ore from the mine in 2006.
In 2013, they were fined $ 150,000 for desecrating a sacred Aboriginal site in Bootu Creek, known as & # 39; Two Women Sitting Down & # 39; in what was described as a historical statement.
The ASX-listed company is also active in China, Japan, Malaysia and South Africa.
A worker is buried under a collapsing wall at the Bootu Creek Mine (photo), about 110 km north of Tennant Creek, in the Northern Territory
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