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​Missing Mt Isa miner found

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The body of missing Mt Isa miner Brett Kelly has been found.

The Queensland Police Service and mine operator Glencore have confirmed that Kelly’s remains have been recovered from the S63 ore pass.

Kelly went missing on June 18 whilst working at Glencore’s Mt Isa copper mine.

Queensland Police believe Kelly, 34, fell down an orepass while he was working.

The orepass is located one kilometre underground at the mine’s copper operations, and is believed to contain around 100 000 tonnes of pre-crushed rock, which is sent via conveyors for further crushing and processing.

He went missing at around 11:30 that morning, however he was not reported as such until mid-afternoon.

“As a result of the initial search and investigations, search teams believed the missing person had fallen into an ore pass. Following very complex and comprehensive planning by all agencies and groups involved, a recovery operation was commenced to locate the body of the missing person,” police said at the time.

Police and the mining company flew in specialist forensic units to recover Kelly and aid in moving approximately 8000 tonnes of ore from the pass.

“Search teams worked in shifts 24 hours a day for the entire period,” according to a police statement.

Following Kelly’s recovery Glencore’s North Queensland copper operations COO Mike Westerman stated: “I have been deeply saddened by this tragic situation and my thoughts remain with Brett’s family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time”.

Investigations are now under way into how the incident occurred.

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