updated 05:05 pm EDT, Wed May 3, 2006
Trapped miners with iPods
Two miners trapped in a Tasmanian mine for over a week were given iPods to alleviate boredom while rescuers work to free them via a drilling operation. A rock fall in a Beaconsfield gold mine in northern Tasmania trapped the two men beneath 12 meters of rock, and killed a fellow miner. The survivors were discovered alive on Sunday night, and were given nutrition on Monday evening via a small PVC pipe, according to a report from The Age. The men, Todd Russell and Brant Webb, are reportedly still in good spirits. "They remain in good health and have now received iPods so they can listen to their favorite music," mine manager Matthew Gill said in a statement. Eight loads of concrete were sent to the mine to create an even pad for a Raise Borer, which rescuers will use to drill through the rock burying the two men, according to the report.