Body of Nevada Miner Recovered from Underground Mine

The body of Nevada gold miner was recovered Monday, 13 days after the ground gave way while he was working at an underground mine near Winnemucca, official said.

Newmont Mining Corp. said the body of Dan Shaw, 30, was recovered shortly after 1 a.m. at the company's Midas underground mine.

Shaw was working with a blasting crew 200 feet below the mine's portal when the ground caved in beneath the loader he was operating
on June 19. No one else was injured.

Search and rescue crews worked around the clock to try to find him, removing more than 5,000 tons of rock and dirt.

Teams used sophisticated visual, infrared, robotics and night vision equipment to locate Shaw in tight and difficult underground conditions.

He was found Saturday, with the assistance of the Nevada Air National Guard, using night vision technology.

"The entire Newmont family grieves the loss of our colleague and friend," Wayne Murdy, chairman of Denver-based Newmont, said in a written statement. "We all extend our deepest condolences and prayers to the Shaw family."

Operations at the mine were suspended when the accident occurred. Officials said work at the mine will not resume until safety inspections are complete.

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