Rockfall in mine claims the lives of three workers, one still missing

Rockfall in mine claims the lives of three workers, one still missing

- Four mineworkers were trapped in a gold mine near Orkney following seismic activity

- Emergency services managed to recover three of the mineworkers, with a fourth still missing

- Hundreds of volunteers arrived on the scene in a bid to rescue the workers stuck more than a 1km underground

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The bodies of three mineworkers have been retrieved after rockfall in a gold mine near Orkney.

One worker is currently in hospital after suffering serious injuries, rescued shortly after seismic activity triggered the event.

News24 spoke to Village Main Reef spokesperson James Duncan, who confirmed that another worker was currently still trapped underground:

"The board and management of VMR extend their deepest condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of the workers who have died. Work continues to reach the remaining trapped worker."

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Employees at the mine volunteered to aid specially trained rescue teams in an effort that saw over 100 citizens involved.

With the workers 1.3km underground, the team tackled difficult conditions and the threat of yet another rockfall during the rescue.

A support was installed during the operation to protect those attempting to reach the trapped employees. gathered that the mine would only respond to allegations concerning safety until the incident had been investigated.

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