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Inquest called into 2015 death at Musselwhite gold mine

Miner Jose Amaral, who was born and raised in Manitouwadge, died when a rockfall left his scoop covered in material
Musselwhite Mine aerial
The Musselwhite gold mine is 480 kilometres north of Thunder Bay

THUNDER BAY — An inquest will be held next month into the death of an employee at the Musselwhite gold mine in November 2015.

Jose Amaral, 49, died from injuries sustained when an unexpected rockfall occurred while he was operating a scoop underground, leaving the machine completely covered in debris. The mine is located 480 kilometres north of Thunder Bay.

Amaral, who was born and raised in Manitouwadge, was survived by his wife and three children.

He had worked at Musselwhite since 2011.

The four-day inquest will begin on Dec. 6 and will be conducted by video conference.

It's expected to hear from approximately 20 witnesses.