8 Illegal gold miners trapped in mine shaft successfully rescued

8 Illegal gold miners trapped in mine shaft successfully rescued

After an incident referred to as a disaster, about 70 illegal miners were trapped underground after shafts were flooded in a Zimbabwean mine west of Harare. 8 of the trapped miners have been pulled out by rescuers.

PAY ATTENTION: Click “See First” under the “Following” tab to see Briefly.co.za News on your News Feed!

On Saturday, 16 February, rescuers managed to save 8 trapped illegal miners from a gold mine in Battlefields, west of Harare. The miners got trapped after the shafts were flooded on the 12th of February.

The mines are reportedly about 100m deep and were flooded by heavy rains and a burst dam, according to a report by TimesLIVE.

It is believed that around 70 miners got trapped and it was feared that no one survived the flooding.

Fortunately, as reported by eNCA, 8 men have been rescued so far.

PAY ATTENTION: Save mobile data with FreeBasics: Briefly is now available on the app

According to the government deputy chief mining engineer, Tapererwa Paswavaviri, the situation is being assessed to determine if there are more survivors trapped.

So far we have managed to bring out eight miners alive and we are yet to assess and find any more people down there who are still alive.

Briefly.co.za gathered that the miners were taken away by officials before the media could talk to them.

READ ALSO: Where do SA's poverty stats rank among other African countries?

Enjoyed reading our story? Download BRIEFLY's news app on Google Play now and stay up-to-date with major South African news!

Source: Briefly.co.za

Related news
Talented street performers wow South Africans with their epic tricks

SA's got talent on the streets: Buskers amaze with their insane skills

SA's got talent on the streets: Buskers amaze with their insane skills
Briefly.co.za
Mailfire view pixel