MULLAN, Idaho (AP) - The president of a mining company in northern Idaho says that a miner trapped underground nine days ago is presumed to be dead.
Hecla Mining Company President Phil Baker said in a video release posted Sunday on his company's website that officials now believe 53-year-old Larry Marek was buried beneath a section of the Lucky Friday Mine that collapsed April 15.
Baker says that "words cannot express the deep sorry we feel at the tragic loss of Larry."
Marek and his brother, Mike, had just finished watering down blasted-out rock and ore in the mine when the ceiling collapsed in the 6,150-foot deep tunnel. Mike Marek escaped unharmed.
No cause has been established for the cave-in.
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