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Strong winds hamper search for missing quarry workers

Jan. 31, 2013, L'Epiphanie, Que. – Strong winds have prevented rescue crews from resuming their search today for two people who have been missing in a Quebec quarry since Tuesday.

January 31, 2013
By The Canadian Press

Jan. 31, 2013, L'Epiphanie, Que. – Strong winds have prevented rescue crews from resuming their search today for two people who have been missing in a Quebec quarry since Tuesday.

Authorities had been hoping to use a helicopter and a crane to find the man and the woman.

The landslide occurred in L'Epiphanie, east of Montreal.

About 60 people have been involved in the search, including police, geological engineers, safety commission inspectors and firefighters.

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A canine unit has also been used.

Survivor Benoit Robert told reporters Wednesday about his harrowing experience which culminated with a provincial police helicopter swooping in to  lift him up in a dramatic rescue operation.