23 June 2012

Mine rescue team wins competition

Congratulations to our Diavik mine rescue team on their win at the 55th annual Workers' Safety and Compensation Commission's Mine Rescue Competition held June 15 and 16 in Yellowknife. Our team, including Captain Kelsey Loessl, Vice-Captain Nathan Pitre, Brent Karstad, James Venera, Brad Rogers, Justin Grandjambe, Coach John Arnold, Assistant Coach Tom Cheveldave, and Coordinator Alex Clinton captured top spot in the underground competition.

This was a very challenging competition and a great opportunity for our team, which is drawn from our larger mine site emergency response team, to test its skills against teams from the North's diamond mines. In total, the underground competition included seven events of which Diavik won three.

With the win, our team qualifies for the 11th Biennial National Regional Mine Rescue Competition to be held in Fernie, BC in 2013. Diavik's mine rescue team has won this event's overall underground competition twice in a row.

The team's next challenge will be this September when they travel to the Ukraine to compete in the International Mines Rescue Competition. This will be the first time our team competes internationally.

The Diavik Diamond Mine, located 300 km. northeast of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and a five-time John T. Ryan safety award winner, is an unincorporated joint venture between Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. (60%) and Harry Winston Diamond Limited Partnership (40%). Both companies are headquartered in Yellowknife, Canada. DDMI is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rio Tinto plc of London, England, and Harry Winston Diamond Limited Partnership is wholly owned by Harry Winston Diamond Corporation of Toronto, Canada. For further information contact Doug Ashbury, Adviser Communications at Tel:  (867) 669-6500, or visit diavik.ca.

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