Family, friends hold vigil for trapped miner

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on April 21, 2011 at 6:35 AM

Updated Thursday, Apr 21 at 7:20 AM

PINEHURST, Idaho.—Family, friends, and members of the Silver Valley mining community gathered Wednesday to pray for Larry Marek, trapped in the Lucky Friday Mine.

A group of nearly 200 supporters gathered in Pinehurst.  Marek’s family wore camouflage to honor Larry’s love of hunting and the outdoors, friends wore ribbons.

The crowd shared a moment of silence, held hands, and prayed.

“I was here when the Sunshine Fire.  And I've seen two men walk out of there.  And I keep thinking of the Chilean miners,” said Julie Trumble, a friend of Marek.

After the vigil, Marek’s family returned to the mine to await any news.

Rescuers at the Lucky Friday Mine continued their push to make contact with Market.  As of 7 A.M Thursday, crews cleared about 71 feet in a passageway leading to the area where Marek might be.  They still have roughly another 149 feet to go.

Crews have started work drilling a third hole into the space.  They have about 80 feet drilled so far.  Crews are pumping oxygen into the space through two previously drilled holes.  The drill holes will help experts gather new information on the size of the void.  Crews plan to drill additional holes as the rescue mission continues.

They still have not made contact with Marek.

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