A mud rush at New Gold Inc.’s New Afton mine in Kamloops, British Columbia, has killed one and injured two others. On Tuesday, February 2, a person employed by a drilling contractor for New Gold was killed during an underground mud-rush incident. Their body was recovered on February 3 at 5:30 p.m. The name has not been released. Two New Afton employees were also injured.

“We are deeply saddened by this tragic incident,” President and CEO Renaud Adams said. “Nothing is more important than the health and safety of everyone who works at New Gold. We extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the contractor employee. Our thoughts are also with our two injured New Afton employees, our first responders, our rescue personnel and their families during this difficult time.

All underground mining and surface activities remain suspended as the company and authorities continue to investigate the incident.

The mud-rush was localized underneath the Lift No. 1 cave in the isolated recovery zone area, which does not interact with the other areas of the mine, including the B3 and C-Zone areas.