Rescuers try to free dozens of miners
Rescue workers in South Africa are trying to reach dozens of miners who were trapped while working illegally in an abandoned mine.
The South African Press Association reported Sunday that rescue teams were able to speak to about 30 miners near the top of an old gold mine shaft whose entrance was covered by a large rock. Those miners said as many as 200 others were trapped further down a steep tunnel at the mine in Benoni, on the outskirts of Johannesburg.
The South African news agency quotes emergency responder Werner Vermaak as saying none of the 30 miners in the smaller group appeared to be seriously injured.
Illegal mining is common in South Africa, a major producer of gold and platinum.
Comments on this story are pre-moderated. Before they appear, comments are reviewed by moderators to ensure they meet our submission guidelines. Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments are open and welcome for three days after the story is published. We reserve the right to close comments before then. Comments that appear on the site are not the opinion of Castanet, but only of the comment writer.
Read more World News
- Campfire ban liftedCentral Okanagan - 8:58 pm
- National Guard leaves FergusonWorld - 9:21 pm
- 22,322 missing since 2006World - 7:52 pm
- Dog used as lure to kidnapWorld - 7:14 pm
World Health Organization
World Trade Organization