The fourteen miners entombed in the Shakespeare Placer gold mine cave-in at Dome Creek, Alaska were freed after 84 hours. The Keystone drill hole was enlarged by thawing until it was large enough to permit the body of a man to pass. Then the imprisoned miners were pulled up one after another 174 feet to the surface.
Those rescued included Edward Carlson, John Smith, Oscar Burg, Peter Peterson, Frank Albani, Robert Forasino, George Sakoff, Taze Gabeso, Antone Mareno, Kabof Sakkoboff, Nik Moreff, Zip Moreff, Michael Morzof, and George Zakaloff.
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... At this point, a very significant event in the development of surface mine rescue techniques will be
discussed. The date is August 13, 1963, and the place is Oneida No. 2 Slope Coal Mine, Fellin
Mining Company, Oneida, Pennsylvania. At about 8:50 a.m. on Tuesday, the supporting pillar on
the east side of the slope collapsed without warning. Loose coal, rock, and timbers tumbled down
and blocked the slope area entombing three workmen.
The following is a sequential outline of events effectively leading to the rescue of two of the three
trapped miners. Historically, this procedure is the first recorded event of a miner being located and
rescued through a borehole in the United States.