Cruising down the river on a Sunday afternoon…. Today these words from an old song by Connie Francis, came back to haunt us, but it was a Thursday, not a Sunday afternoon and instead of a boat, it just so happened to be a plane. At 3.26 pm New York time on 15th January, 2009, an Airbus A320 left LaGuardia, New York to fly to Charlotte, Carolina, but with less than three minutes into the flight, the plane took an unexpected detour and landed in the icy waters of the Hudson River.
On April 28th, 2006 in Beaconsfield, Tasmania three men became trapped in a mine, nearly 1000 Metres underground from what was thought to be a minor earthquake, which triggered a rock fall. At the time 17 men were underground. Fourteen men escaped and three were listed as missing. After three days, the body of Australian Tasmanian miner Larry Knight was found and then mercifully, two days later, the other two miners, Brant Webb and Tod Russell were located alive.
Much of the news headlines around the world in the past two weeks, particularly in Australia have centred round the mining disaster in Beaconsfield, Tasmania, when a minor earthquake on Tuesday April 28th at 9.23pm triggered a rock fall which trapped three men underground. Fourteen other men escaped from the mine. Thus began a long and arduous task of finding the trapped miners who were 925m underground.