Trapped Miner's Body Recovered

Larry Marek, 53, died after cave-in
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 25, 2011 8:19 AM CDT
Trapped Miner's Body Recovered
A Lucky Friday miner is positioned at the front entrance of the mine in Mullan, Idaho on Monday, April 18, 2011.   (AP Photo/The Spokesman-Review, Kathy Plonka)

After nine days, workers yesterday recovered the body of Larry Marek, who was trapped during a cave-in in an Idaho silver mine. Marek and his brother, Mike, had just finished watering down blasted-out rock and ore in the mine on April 15 when the ceiling collapsed in a 6,150-foot-deep tunnel. His brother escaped unharmed. Rescue crews spent days toiling around the clock, digging through debris and working to build a second intersecting tunnel in hopes of reaching him alive, the AP reports. Click for more on the rescue efforts. (More mine accident stories.)

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