Aug 30, 2017

Kestrel soars in mines rescue test

Kestrel soars in mines rescue test The winning team, pictured with Queensland Mine Safety Commissioner Katherine Du Preez; Simon Weekly, Billy Brant, Brendan Iddles (captain), Chris Catip (vice-captain), Cole Klease (trainer) Nitun Gounder, Ben Janetski and Dermott Tomety.

Kestrel has taken out this year’s EK Healy Cup and will go on to compete in the Australian Mines Rescue in Narrabri in October.

The team from the Rio Tinto operation outside Emerald came in ahead of  Moranbah North, Broadmeadow and Grosvenor at the peak Queensland underground rescue competition at the Dysart Mines Rescue Station this month.

A mixed team (X-men), Ensham, North Goonyella and  Grasstree completed the field.

“We are thrilled to have taken out the trophy this year especially given competition was fierce and this is the first time our team has competed together,” Rio Tinto EK Healy Cup team trainer Steve Bullough said.

“The team will go now on to compete in the Australian Mines Rescue competition to be held Narrabri in October against the best eight teams in the country. This is an outstanding achievement and we are all very proud.”

North Goonyella prepares for an exercise.

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