Australian Miners Await Rescue in Good Humor

Two Australian miners trapped underground are apparently managing to keep their sense of humor as they await rescue. They describe their surroundings as a "two-star hotel."

Copyright © 2006 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required.


This weekend much of Australia is gripped by the story of Brant Webb and Todd Russell and what they call their two-star hotel. They're in Tasmania in a four-by-four-foot cage that's 3,000 feet below the earth at the Beaconsfield gold mine. An earthquake in the Pacific Ocean trapped them in there on April 25. Drilling teams have worked (unintelligible) to send oxygen, food and water to the men, and I-Pods. Both men like country music. Their good humor is intact. Mr. Russell and Mr. Webb reportedly asked for a newspaper so they can begin to scan the classified ads and look for new jobs. Coming up, Billy Connolly brings his comedic title wave on a U.S. tour. Stay tuned.

Copyright © 2006 NPR. All rights reserved. No quotes from the materials contained herein may be used in any media without attribution to NPR. This transcript is provided for personal, noncommercial use only, pursuant to our Terms of Use. Any other use requires NPR's prior permission. Visit our permissions page for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR's programming is the audio.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.