Teck Cominco Limited
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Teck Cominco Limited

May 17, 2006 20:00 ET

As Investigation Continues, Teck Cominco Sends its Deepest Condolences to All Those Impacted by Sullivan Mine Incident

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - May 17, 2006) - "Today's events are heartbreaking for all of Teck Cominco's (TSX:TEK.MV.A)(TSX:TEK.SV.B) employees and for everyone in this community," said Don Lindsay, President and CEO of Teck Cominco Limited.

"Our hearts and thoughts go out to the loved ones and friends of those whose lives were lost today," said Don Lindsay.

"We join with our employees and the community of Kimberley in sending our sincerest condolences to the families of the victims," Lindsay said.

Teck Cominco has staff on site, including the emergency response team from Trail. The investigation is continuing. It is important to note that the site has been secured and there is no risk to the public. "We are working with the various regulatory agencies to determine what led to this situation today and we will cooperate with them fully in their continuing investigation."

After being advised this morning that one of its environmental consultants was missing, Teck Cominco immediately began a search for the individual who was found at the site of a water-sampling shed by a Teck Cominco employee. After notifying emergency authorities, the employee, in an apparent attempt to assist the consultant, entered the shed and was himself overcome. Two paramedics, each in turn, attempted to rescue the victims and succumbed in the process. Personnel from the Kimberley Fire Department, equipped with the appropriate safety gear have removed all the victims from the site.

We will provide further information as it becomes available.

Contact Information

  • Teck Cominco Limited
    Irene Tidd
    (604) 844-2523
    or
    Teck Cominco Limited
    Nicola Lambrechts
    (604) 970-9113
    Website: www.teckcominco.com