Worker’s body retrieved three weeks after mine collapse


The body of Cameron Goss has been retrieved three weeks after a section of the Henty Gold Mine, in Tasmania’s west, collapsed.

Key points:

  • Rescue crews had made previous attempts at recovering Mr Goss’s body in the weeks since the accident
  • Limited mine operations have resumed at the mine
  • Mr Goss’s death is the fifth mining death in the area in six year

Mr Goss, 44, died after the ground underneath his loader caved in, plunging his machine down a 15-metre-deep crevasse on January 23.

Heavy-lift winching gear was successful in lifting the loader, which he was operating at the time, from its position about 3:00am today, police said.

They said Mr Goss’ body was recovered by the mine’s Emergency Response Team with the help of other mining experts.

Rescue crews had earlier made a number of attempts to find his body but were unsuccessful.

West Coast Mayor Phil Vickers said it had been a difficult time for the community.

“Our thoughts are now with the family, it allows them to have a little bit of closure,” he said.

“People who’ve been involved since the 23rd of January in trying to retrieve Cameron, they’ve worked tirelessly.”

Limited mine operations have now resumed at the Henty Gold Mine.

The loss of Mr Goss marks the fifth mining death in the area in six years.


The accident occurred at Henty Gold Mine late last month. (Supplied: Google Earth)


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