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article imageFlooded Quebec mine traps three workers

By Brian Lidster     Nov 1, 2009 in World
They’ve been trapped 485 metres below the ground since Friday and rescue crews are fearing the worst for three Montreal miners.
According to The Canadian Press, the three men, Bruno Goulet, 36, Dominico Bollini, 44, and Marc Guay, 31, were doing work on the Metanor Resources gold mine when the pocket they were in started to fill with water.
The Montreal Gazette is reporting, the men were trying to align the walls of the mine shaft which is located 250 kilometres northeast of Quebec City
Two of the men, Goulet and Bollini, worked for the company and Guay was contracted in for extra assistance in the mining operation.
The Mine owners are still unclear as to what caused the flood and have suspended all mining operations in the area.
"We don't know what happened to them,” said Pierre Bernaquez in an interview with the Montreal Gazette.
The superintendent of human resources for Metanor continued to say alarms are supposed to sound if there is flooding.
The Canadian Press reports one of the operators noticed there was a flood and signaled to the employees without a response.
Moments later he brought the mining cage back up, but it was empty, and the door was open.
Emergency workers have been waiting at the mine since the flood began late Friday evening and have been pumping the water since then.
Once the area is regarded as safe for rescue workers the recovery of the missing men can begin.
"We're still holding out hope that we will find them alive, but the chances that they were able to get out are slim," said Bernaquez.
He continued to explain that there are emergency exits on each level below the ground in their mining operation and hoped the men found these dry areas.
The workers health and safety commission and the Quebec provincial police are on on the scene to try and decipher what happened.
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