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Agnico Eagle reports fatality near its Hope Bay gold mine, operations suspended

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(Kitco News) - Yesterday, Agnico Eagle Mines reported that a fatal accident involving an employee of a contractor has occurred near its Hope Bay mine in northwestern Nunavut, on September 14, 2021.

According to the company’s statement, the accident occurred at approximately 3:02 p.m. local time on September 14, 2021, approximately 13 km from Hope Bay’s Doris mine facilities. The emergency response team and medic from Hope Bay responded immediately to the incident.

The company said that the RCMP in Cambridge Bay have been notified as well as the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission. An investigation will be conducted to determine the exact cause of the accident.

"On behalf of Agnico Eagle, we would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the individual’s family, friends and colleagues," said Ammar Al-Joundi, President of Agnico Eagle.

The company added that operations at the Hope Bay project have been temporarily suspended for approximately 24 hours. Agnico Eagle noted it will work with the contractor to ensure all the necessary support and assistance will be provided to the individual’s family during this difficult time.

The Hope Bay property is located in the Kitikmeot region of Nunavut, Canada, approximately 685 kilometres northeast of Yellowknife and 125 kilometres southwest of Cambridge Bay. Agnico Eagle acquired the property in February 2021.

Agnico Eagle is a senior Canadian gold mining company that has produced precious metals since 1957. Its operating mines are located in Canada, Finland and Mexico, with exploration and development activities in each of these countries as well as in the United States and Colombia.

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