Cheers went up as two weary miners made their way to fresh air for the first time in two weeks. Brant Webb and Todd Russell were trapped in a cage 3,000 feet underground at the Beaconsfield Mine. At 4 am, the Tasmanian miners were raised to safety. They were in good spirits despite the ordeal. Family, friends, and co-workers were on hand to cheer them on.
On April 25th, a rock fall trapped the miners. A third miner, Larry Knight, did not survive. Mourners were on hand for a memorial for Knight.
Webb and Russell were taken to Launceston Hospital. Medical tests would be done to assess their general health. Fear of blood clots is an issue for anyone held in a confined space for so long.