Thirteen men died when an explosion, thought to have been caused by methane gas, ripped through a coal mine seventy kilometres (forty miles) south-west of Sydney late Tuesday (24 July) night.
Aerial views of mine (2 shots)
GV AND SV of night scenes of rescue workers assembling and checking equipment (four shots)
GV PAN rescue vehicles and ambulances (two shots)
CU of Appin mine official Bill Fancourt being interviewed overlay shots of mine and rescue workers (6 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: "The explosion occurred three kilometres (2 miles) from the mine entrance and some sic hundred metres (six hundred yards) underground. It came at eleven o' clock last night and the Channel Seven news crew was on the scene of the disaster in the very early hours of this morning. They found rescue work already well underway with teams of men with respirators moving into the mine to try and help the survivors. Rescuers found an electrical engineer Jim Hoffmann still alive. He's been admitted to Wollongong hospital suffering burns. His condition is satisfactory. The blast is believed to have been caused by volatile methane gas leaking into the mine shafts, but just what triggered the explosion at this stage remains unknown."
SEQ. 5: FANCOURT (Mine Official): "It is known that there are ten men who have been killed and there are four men who are unaccounted for who were known or believed to be underground at the time of the explosion."
LIEBMAN: "How much hope do you give for those four people who are unaccounted for?
FANCOURT: "I don't think the prospects are very bright."
LIEBMAN: "Whereabouts and what has caused this accident?"
FANCOURT: "The cause of the explosion wasn't an accident in the normal sense of accidents. An explosion occurred at approximately eleven o' clock last night three kilometres (two miles) from the mine entrance. The mine ventilation system has been damaged and roof falls have occurred as a result of the explosion and with the ventilation system being out and the roof falls this has caused delays to the rescue operation."
REPORTER: STEVEN LIEBMAN
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Background: Thirteen men died when an explosion, thought to have been caused by methane gas, ripped through a coal mine seventy kilometres (forty miles) south-west of Sydney late Tuesday (24 July) night. One man is still reported missing. About forty-five men were working underground when the blast occurred. Steven Liebman of the Seven network reports: