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Rescuers make slow progress to find trapped miner

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MULLAN, Idaho (AP) — Rescuers are making slow progress in their bid to reach a trapped Idaho silver miner who has been out of contact since a cave-in Friday a mile below ground.

In the last 12 hours, Hecla Mining workers placed timber supports in only an additional four feet of tunnel inside the Lucky Friday mine.

While one remote digger is inside the mine, rescue crews said Monday they are waiting on an electrical component to arrive before they can user a larger-capacity digger.

They're trying to reach 30-year mining veteran Larry Marek.

Hecla officials said they're also deploying a diamond drill to determine if there is an open area behind the cave-in that could have provided Marek refuge.

A two-inch hole could send air underground.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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