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UPDATE: Worker presumed dead after floating excavator flips at B.C. mine

Elk Valley RCMP and Ministry of Mines were dispatched to industrial incident

A contractor at coal mine in Elkford, in B.C.’s East Kootenay, is presumed dead after a floating excavator flipped in a tailing pond Monday and trapped them.

United Steelworkers Local 7884 said divers had been dispatched to the scene at Fording River Operations, owned by Teck Resources, to try to recover the body.

Elk Valley RCMP said their officers and crews from the ministry of mines are also on scene.

A statement from Teck Resources said no other employees were involved and there is no ongoing safety or environmental risk.

No other information has been provided.

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