UPDATE: Rescued Lucky Friday Miners Identified - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

UPDATE: Rescued Lucky Friday Miners Identified

UPDATE: We have learned the names of at least three of the trapped miners from Wednesday nights mine accident. KHQ's Dylan Wohlenhaus is told my Matt Williams step dad that he is the miner that suffered a broken arm.

Two other miners, Eric Tester and Roger Hammerberg were also among the trapped miners. Over the phone Hammerberg told KHQ's Dylan Wohlenhaus he is "thankful no one lost their lives" and "that's what's important, is everyone was rescued" he declined an on camera interview.
 
Three miners remain hospitalized after a 'rock burst' nearly a mile underground at the Lucky Friday mine in Mullan, Idaho, Wednesday night. 

In all, 20 miners were rescued. Seven were injured. The most serious injury was a broken arm, a hospital spokesman told KHQ's Blake Jensen. A spokesman with Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d'Alene confirmed to KHQ there is one male miner at their hospital but was unable to release the name. The miner is in 'fair' condition. He was transported to the hospital via Med Star. 

Dr. Panos at Shoshone Medical Center confirms that six other patients were transported to their facility via ambulance. Four of the miners were released and two others spent the night in the hospital for observation. The identities of the 20 miners rescued have not been released.

NBC News reported from the scene on TODAY that the miners were attempting to install a safety net designed to prevent the type of accident that happened Wednesday night.

Right now Mining Health and Safety officials are at the Lucky Friday mine. The mine will remain closed until they and Hecla Mining officials complete their investigations.  

The latest incident comes just weeks after the death of 26-year-old miner Brandon Lloyd Gray, who was killed while trying to dislodge a jammed rock bin. He was critically injured in the Nov. 17 incident and died from his injuries two days later.

A second, unidentified miner was also injured and treated and released from a local hospital. Mine safety officials and Gray's employer, Cementation U.S.A., the contract company hired by Hecla to deepen the mine, are investigating that incident.

Just two weeks after Gray's death, federal regulators with the Mine Safety and Health Administration slammed Hecla Mining Co. for safety failures that led to the death of Lucky Friday miner Larry "Pete" Marek, who was crushed after his work area collapsed in April.

The mine received four citations and faces nearly $1 million in penalties. The report cited Lucky Friday management for failing to install adequate ground support systems and neglecting to test the stability of the area where the collapse that killed Marek occurred.

The mine is currently undergoing a $200 million project to deepen it nearly 9,000 feet to increase access to deeper silver deposits. Hecla officials expect the project to be completed by 2014. (Spokesman.com contributed to this story)

From KHQ Facebook Friend Leahann Larson: (posted Dec. 14 @ 11pm)
In light of the events that have happened at the mine this past year I have to say that I am thankful for mining. We all know that there are risks in mining, but then again there are risks in any job. Mining has supported my family in so many way. It's kept a roof over our heads, food in our bellies, and we live in the best community ever. Yes mining has brought heart break and worry into our lives but it has also brought together a community that stands strong together when one member is in need. I know that there are risks every day that my husband goes underground but I also know that he works with the best, does his job the best he can and that my God has him in his hands. Tonight I pray that all involved in whatever happened are ok and no one is seriously injured. And I will continue to be thankful for my husband's choice of profession that has given my family so much more to be thankful for.

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