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Body of salt miner recovered after roof collapse

Day 2 of rescue efforts following a roof collapse at salt mine
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Posted at 3:06 PM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-15 16:28:51-05

IBERIA PARISH, La. - Mine rescue teams recovered the body of a missing miner on Tuesday.

Early Monday morning, Cargill’s Avery Island salt mine experienced a roof collapse. Two employees were unaccounted for, while all 16 other employees working that shift were evacuated with no injuries reported.

Below is a statement from Cargill issued Tuesday afternoon:

Cargill is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life in our community. I can confirm that this morning the rescue team recovered one of the missing miners who was fatally injured in the accident. We are continuing to do everything we can to locate the other team member with whom we have not had contact since the accident. Out of respect for the families, we will not be sharing further details about the employees at this time. Our sympathy is with the family who is mourning the loss of a loved one and we are offering support to them.

We are working around the clock with the Mine Safety and Health Administration to safely complete the rescue efforts. We care about our teammates and have professional grief counselors on site at our facility who will be available to our team as needed. The safety and well-being of our colleagues is our top priority. We are grieving with the community as we face this loss together.

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