Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Lonely Feeling Not to Be Able to Help Him

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Lonely Feeling Not to Be Able to Help Him

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Jessica

GrewAl

hbedit@frasercoastchronicle.com.au

THERE was a time when Russ Joynson would have been right by his cousin Willy's side if trouble had struck in the dark depths of a coal mine.

But yesterday the Howard retiree had go to sleep for the fourth night in a row knowing there was nothing he could do for his mate, who has been trapped in New Zealand's Pike River mine since Friday.

Late Friday night Russ got the news his 49-year-old cousin was missing following a gas explosion in the mine.

His thoughts immediately turned to the days in the '80s and '90s when he and Willy worked together in Howard's Burgowan mines.

"We came from generations of underground coal miners and worked together for a long time," Russ said. "We went through a lot but we never got tangled in anything like this. I don't even remember a time when any of us had a bad accident."

The fact that nothing serious had happened during all the years he and Willy worked underground made it all the more difficult for Russ to accept Friday's events. …

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