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Police Identify Missing Gold Miner As Recovery Mission Continues

A Tasmanian miner presumed killed in an underground collapse has been named as the recovery mission for his body continues.

Cameron John Goss, 44, was from Queenstown Tasmania and was an experienced miner, police said on Saturday morning.

"His loss is devastating to the family, friends and the local community, together with the wider mining industry across Australia," police said.

Efforts to find Goss at Henty Gold Mine on the state's west coast took a turn for the worse on Friday, with the rescue mission becoming a recovery operation.

It could take weeks before the area is safe enough for his body to be located.

Mr Goss had been operating a loader 700 metres underground when workmates lost contact with him about 4am on Thursday.