Upon knowledge of the tragic accident, all underground activities, except emergency requirements, were immediately suspended and authorities were notified, the company said. Rescue teams were immediately dispatched to the area to render emergency assistance.
The company is also working closely with Taurus Drilling to ensure that the miners' families receive counselling support. Counselling has also been and will continue to be provided for all employees and workers on site.
"We are deeply saddened by this tragic accident that resulted in the deaths of two men and we extend our heartfelt condolences to their families, friends and colleagues," said Thomas M. Boehlert, FNI's president and CEO. "Safety is the top priority for the company and we will ensure this accident is fully investigated."