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I still have nightmares: mine accident survivor

April 14, 2007 - 2:54PM

Beaconsfield mine survivors Todd Russell and Brant Webb feature on a single with their wives to commemorate their world famous rescue.

The song called 321 Hours was recorded with Adelaide band Unitopia and signifies the amount of time the men were trapped 925 metres underground.

Mr Webb said it will be released on May 9 - the date they surfaced after 14 nights and the time their colleague Larry Knight, who did not survive the Tasmanian gold mine accident, was laid to rest.

He said the single was recorded in Adelaide on March 1 and is a mixture of rock and classic.

The band's website says the song is a tribute to their bravery and composure during the ordeal and a possible insight into what they might have been experiencing emotionally.

Mr Webb's wife Rachel and Mr Russell's wife Caroline sing with their husbands on the track.

"We wanted to get behind a good Australian band and have a bit of fun at the same time," Mr Webb said today.

Mr Webb said the families will join Unitopia and sing 321 Hours as part of the rescue anniversary at Beaconsfield on May 9.

"It should be a great night and will give us a chance to thank the people for all their support over the last 12 months," Mr Webb said.

"The rescuers saved our lives and our families are eternally grateful for their heroic actions."

Profits from sales of the single and T-shirt package available on the night will be ploughed back into the local community through the Russell Webb Legacy.

Mr Webb and Mr Russell still live in Beaconsfield and both have no plans to move away.

Mr Russell is building a bigger house on 14 hectares of land he bought on the outskirts of town.

Mr Webb lives with his wife about six kilometres out of town at Beauty Point.

Their 19-year-old twins Zac and Zoey have moved to Launceston.

He said he still shares a special bond with Mr Russell.

"I am still great mates with Todd and his family," Mr Webb said.

"I still have nightmares about what happened. We talk about it all the time, it's sort of like a debriefing.

"We get together as often as we can. We reflect on the past, good times and bad.

"I was at Todd's new block checking out the progress of his new house just last week.

"We have both survived the ordeal and come out the other end with better spirits.

"What happened has made us stronger and brought us close together as good mates."

The mine has been closed since the Anzac Day rockfall last year.

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