April 17, 2014
WINNEMUCCA (AP) - As the search for him continued, authorities
released the name of a missing gold miner feared trapped
underground near Winnemucca.
30-year-old Dan Shaw was working on a loader several hundred feet below the surface at the Midas underground mine when the ground gave way on Tuesday.
No one else was injured.
Crews have removed nearly three-thousand tons of rock and dirt in an around-the-clock effort to reach Shaw, who has worked for Newmont since 2003, most recently as a blaster.
Specialized equipment has been used in the search, including a U-S Navy robotic camera and an instrument that uses laser technology to determine the size and shape of an underground opening.
Newmont officials are coordinating the search with state and federal mine safety regulators. They're also being assisted by outside consultants and engineers.
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