First Nickel Inc. has confirmed two drillers working underground at its Lockerby Mine near Sudbury have died in an accident believed to be related to seismic activity.
Northernlife.ca reports police are on scene.
FNI released the following statement:
A fall of ground, preceded by (seismic) activity is believed to have been a factor in the accident.
Upon knowledge of the tragic accident, all underground activities, except emergency requirements, were immediately suspended and authorities were notified.
Rescue teams were immediately dispatched to the area to render emergency assistance.
Senior operations management will work with government authorities to thoroughly investigate the accident.
The Company is also working closely with Taurus Drilling to ensure that the miners' families receive counseling support.
Counseling has also been and will continue to be provided for all employees and workers on site.
"We are deeply saddened by this tragic accident that resulted in the deaths of two men and we extend our heartfelt condolences to their families, friends and colleagues," stated Thomas M. Boehlert, FNI's President and CEO.
"Safety is the top priority for the Company and we will ensure this accident is fully investigated."
The following news release was issued by First Nickel Inc.
Mine rescue operations are underway to locate and assess the condition of two contractors.
All other workers have reported in safely.
All underground activities except emergency requirements were suspended immediately upon knowledge of the accident.
FNI will continue to update the situation as more information becomes available.
FNI is a Canadian mining and exploration Company.
The Company's mission is to be the most dynamic North American emerging base metal mining Company in which to work and invest and to be respected in the communities in which it operates.
FNI owns and operates the Lockerby Mine in the Sudbury Basin in Northern Ontario, which reached full production during 2013 and is the expected to produce approximately 14 million pounds of contained nickel and approximately 7 million pounds of contained copper in 2014, providing a foundation from which to grow the Company. More than half of FNI's common shares are held by institutional investors.
FNI's shares are traded on the TSX under the symbol FNI.