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Australian press hails mine rescue
Australian miner Todd Russell shortly after being rescued
The miners emerged to a rapturous reception from locals

Australian papers are in a jubilant mood on Wednesday following the rescue of two miners who survived a fortnight trapped deep underground in a Tasmanian mine.

Questions are raised, however, about how the accident could have happened in the first place.

TASMANIA'S THE ADVOCATE

Beaconsfield miners Brant Webb and Todd Russell are an inspiration to all of us. The tale of their determination and bravery during nearly two weeks trapped underground after an accident which killed their mate, Larry Knight, will be told and re-told... The men walked out of the mine yesterday and into history.

MELBOURNE'S THE AGE

It was a gold medal rescue that surpassed normal superlatives, a true world record performance. The achievement that saw Todd Russell and Brant Webb stride confidently from their mine lift cage was on another plane - a synthesis of what makes Australia special.

SYDNEY'S THE AUSTRALIAN

The past two weeks in Beaconsfield have revealed a story of survival and rescue that was nothing short of miraculous, and prove that mateship and community are alive and well in Australia. The image of Mr Webb and Mr Russell walking out of a mineshaft to the roar of the crowd after a fortnight in hell is sure to become an iconic image in our history.

DAVID WILLIAMSON IN THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

The nation's reaction to the agonising plight of Brant Webb and Todd Russell proved there is some soul still there. The identification with their plight across the nation was extraordinary... If ever there was a situation that proved we are still capable of feeling others' pain and distress, this was it.

MELBOURNE'S THE AGE

Questions of whether safety lapsed were rightly put on hold during the rescue. Now they cannot be ignored. They must be investigated and answered.

JOHN BIRMINGHAM IN THE AUSTRALIAN

Thousands of men die deep underground every year, almost all of them unknown and unmourned beyond their immediate communities. A worker in a Chinese or Russian or Indian mine, who initially survives the horror of entombment, cannot hope for anything like the sort of sophisticated, hi-tech effort that went into saving Webb and Russell... In that sense Beaconsfield was a remarkable achievement... even though its lessons will be applied only in those countries such as Australia with the wealth and the skills to act on them.

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SEE ALSO:
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