TORONTO -- The body of a drilling contractor who died at New Gold Inc.'s New Afton Mine has been recovered.
All underground mining and surface activities at the mine in Kamloops, B.C., remain suspended as the company and authorities continue to investigate the incident.
On Feb. 2, the company reported that an individual employed by a drilling contractor was involved in a fatal underground mud-rush incident.
The body was recovered Thursday approximately 5:30 p.m. "For personal and privacy reasons, the name of the individual will not be released," the company announced.
“We are deeply saddened by this tragic incident. Nothing is more important than the health and safety of everyone who works at New Gold. We extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the contractor employee.
"Our thoughts are also with our two injured New Afton employees, our first responders, our rescue personnel and their families during this difficult time. New Gold has arranged for grief counselling for all our employees and contractors.” stated Renaud Adams, president and chief executive officer.
The mud-rush was localized underneath the Lift 1 cave in the isolated recovery zone area, which does not interact with the other areas of the mine, including the B3 and C-Zone areas.
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