Tuesday, May 14, 2013

At least 33 missing after tunnel collapse at Freeport Indonesia mine

A training tunnel collapsed on Tuesday at the world's second largest copper mine in eastern Indonesia, trapping at least 33 workers underground, the mine's owner, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc, said.

Earlier reports, quoting a mine official at the scene, had said three workers were killed in the accident, but the Arizona-based firm denied any deaths had occurred.

Rescue efforts were under way at the remote Grasberg mine in West Papua province. Output at the mine, which also has the world's largest gold reserves and employs just over 24,000 contract and non-contract workers, was not expected to be significantly affected, the company said.