The body of the man killed in a “mud rush” at the New Afton mine west of Kamloops on Tuesday (Feb. 2, 2021) has been recovered.
New Gold Inc., the operator of the mine, has not released his name but he has been identified by family as 35-year-old Ray Rosenberg, a father of four.
Rosenberg was employed by a drilling contractor.
New Gold said the recovery was made Wednesday at about 5:30 p.m.
“We are deeply saddened by this tragic incident,” stated Renaud Adams, president and CEO of New Gold.
“Nothing is more important than the health and safety of everyone who works at New Gold. We extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the contractor employee.
“Our thoughts are also with our two injured New Afton employees, our first responders, our rescue personnel and their families during this difficult time. New Gold has arranged for grief counselling for all our employees and contractors.”
All underground mining and surface activities remain suspended as the company and authorities continue to investigate the incident.
The company said the mud-rush — a sudden release of water-logged materials — was localized underneath the Lift 1 cave in the isolated recovery zone area, which does not interact with the other areas of the mine, including the B3 and C-Zone areas.