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Mining contractor's death not result of foul play or accident: Timmins police

The heavy equipment operator was found at the 600-foot level of Timmins West Mine on Jan. 1
Timmins West mine
Ore truck heading to the Timmins West mine complex (Len Gillis photo)

Timmins Police has released more information after a contractor's body was found underground at Timmins West Mine on New Year's Day.

According to police, 55-year-old Craig Harrell of Timmins.

The heavy equipment operator was found at the 600-foot level of the Lake Shore Gold mine on Jan. 1 around 3:30 p.m.

He was brought to surface and was pronounced dead in the ambulance on the way to Timmins and District Hospital, said police.

"All appropriate first aid efforts were undertaken to resuscitate him by Lakeshore Gold West mine rescue personnel," reads the news release.

Police said there is "no reason to believe that the loss of life is the result of an accident or foul play."

Police and the Ministry of Labour are working with the local coroner's office for the investigation, which police said is nearing completion.

"Timmins Police officials attended at the Timmins and District Hospital to complete aspects of the investigation.

"Next-of-kin notifications were completed at the hospital, as surviving members of the man's family had been notified of the incident by Lake Shore Gold West employees," said police.

In an update earlier today, Lake Shore Gold said the scene was released around 10 p.m. Jan. 1. Crews are back at work today, said Marcel Cardinal, director of environmental and sustainability.