Photos: North’s mine rescuers compete in Yellowknife

Mine rescue competition
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The Ekati mine rescue team dominated the 58th annual mine rescue competition in Yellowknife last weekend.

Ekati picked up the overall surface and underground rescue awards, alongside wins in the rope rescue, underground written test, surface smoke, and underground bench/field test categories.

Only the team from Yukon’s Minto copper mine came close, taking three wins: surface practical bench, fire fighting, and surface written test.

Ekati’s fellow NWT diamond mine, Diavik, won the underground smoke and underground obstacle tasks. The Snap Lake diamond mine and Nunavut’s Meadowbank gold mine each picked up one award.

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The Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC), which organized the event, said the North’s mines were “in good hands”.

Peter Bengts, the WSCC’s chief inspector of mines, is retiring after 18 years with the organization. Fred Bailey took over earlier in June.

Mine rescue competition

Mine rescue competition

Mine rescue competition

Mine rescue competition

Mine rescue competition

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