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2 missing miners feared dead at Nevada gold mine

Rescuers at an underground gold mine in northeast Nevada are searching for two missing miners feared to be dead in an accident in a ventilation shaft.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Rescuers at an underground gold mine in northeast Nevada are searching for two missing miners feared to be dead in an accident in a ventilation shaft.

Officials for Barrick Gold say the accident occurred early Thursday at the Meikle mine, about 55 miles northwest of Elko and 275 miles northeast of Reno.

Greg Lang, the president of Barrick's North America Region, says operations have been shut down and the missing miners' family members have been notified.

The Toronto-based company has not confirmed any deaths, but Lang referred to the search as a "recovery effort" directed by the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration.

He says while they don't have all of the facts, "what we do know about the incident is not encouraging."