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A Barminco employee has died in a mud rush at an underground copper mine in Tasmania.

The 53-year-old loader operator was unresponsive when found by the mine rescue team at the Mount Lyell copper mine operated by Copper Mines of Tasmania about 7.50am local time.

Paramedics and police also attended the incident.

Operations at the mine have been suspended while investigations take place.

Tasmania Police and Worksafe Tasmania are on site.

Counsellors are also being sent to the minesite.

Copper Mines of Tasmania's general manager Scot Clyde said it was with extreme regret that he confirmed the death of the underground miner.

"Our deepest sympathies are with the family of the worker, his immediate work mates and also our other site employees who will be saddened by this tragic accident," he said.

Barminco also expressed sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of the employee.

The West Australian

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