After spending 321 hours trapped deep underground in 2006, Beaconsfield mine survivors Brant Webb and Todd Russell seem to have little desire to spend any more time together.
The pair attended a community event on Monday marking the 10th anniversary of their rescue.
They arrived separately and weren't seen to acknowledge each other as they mingled with a crowd of about 150 which included state and federal politicians.
"I'm not too sure, I don't know about Todd," Mr Webb answered bluntly when asked if his former colleague would attend, before Mr Russell arrived.
Although they share the grief of losing workmate Larry Knight who was killed in the rock collapse on Anzac Day 2006, the pair have different memories of Australia's most famous mining accident.
Mr Webb, 47, said the anniversary always brings back memories of the disaster, which was sparked by a 2.2-magnitude earth tremor. The pair were trapped almost a kilometre underground for two weeks.
"When you go through a near-death experience for 321 hours it doesn't go away so easily," he told reporters.
He said the anniversary was an important opportunity to thank not just their fellow miners and emergency service workers who helped free them, but also those who have helped since.
"There's people who physically helped us get out and that's great, but your head space is about where you're at and you've got to keep that together and I want to thank all the people that really helped me mentally," Mr Webb said.
Mr Russell, 44, views the anniversary differently.
"It's just another day for me," he said.
"Time is a great healer and I've moved on ... I'm in a pretty good space."
The duo shared a beer with federal Labor leader Bill Shorten on Sunday in a much-publicised event.
Mr Webb on Monday sang the praises of Mr Shorten, who was Australian Workers Union national secretary in 2006 and acted as a fierce advocate for worker safety while the men were trapped underground.
"He's been a rock for us, as a family," Mr Webb said.
"He calls up every Anzac Day to just make sure I'm OK mentally and on May 9, if we can we try to catch up."
Monday's event was a sad occasion for Mr Knight's family.
His uncle Nigel Barwick cried openly after the gathering.
"That was a bit upsetting in there," he said.
Mr Barwick works at the Beaconsfield Mine Heritage Centre on the site of the decommissioned mine.
He said the family is hoping to include at the museum a tribute to the 44-year-old whose story has been overshadowed by the tale of survival.
"The most important thing to come out of a mine is a miner," Mr Webb said.
But the strongest message was reserved for the survivors.
"Brant Webb and Todd Russell's story of survival and human courage was a story so compelling it has become Australian folklore and has burned into the psyche of a nation like no other story," local mayor Christina Holmdahl said.
"Please be assured that you and your families have this community's total support and good will and I'm sure also from the people of all of Tasmania."