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“If the machine doesn’t run, the ski hill doesn’t open.”
- Dave Morrison  
- Powderkeg Ski Hill Manager 

 

 
At approximately 7:30 pm on September 7, 2009 mine rescue teams called by Teck Corporation extracted the body of a 66 year old man from an abandoned mine portal east of Teck’s Elkview mine operation near Sparwood, B.C.
As of press date the name of the deceased man has not been released pending an autopsy by the local medical examiner. Police do believe, however, that the individual is from Calgary.
According to sources an abandoned vehicle was towed away from the highway adjacent to the mine in the early part of July.
Police were alerted by a hiker regarding the presence of the body near the opening, at noon September 6, 2009.
The hiker spotted the body of the man near the opening of a shaft at the Elkview Operations mine site.
 
The site was decomissioned and sealed with concrete 30 years ago and there were posted signs stating no entry into the mine. It is suspected that the man gained entry through a crack in the concrete.
Local mine rescue workers along with underground rescue crews from Washington helped extract the body. The extraction was in assistance to an ongoing investigation by police and the BC Coroners Service who controlled the scene and were on site to supervise the effort.
The incident remains under investigation to determine the cause of death and notify the next of kin.
Foul play is not suspected at the present time. It is believe the male entered the former mine some time after June 30, 2009.
The incident is not related to any ongoing mining operation near the site.
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