11 illegal miners rescued from Benoni mine

2014-02-16 20:19
(ER24 via Twitter)

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Johannesburg - Eleven illegal miners have been brought to the surface after being trapped underground at an abandoned mine in Benoni on the East Rand, paramedics said on Sunday.

"The group is going through a medical assessment, no injuries have been reported so far," said ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak.

"Ekurhuleni metro police are standing by to detain and question them to find out if there were more people underground."

At least 200 illegal miners were believed to be trapped.

Earlier, Vermaak said rescue teams were able to speak to about 30 of the miners trapped near the top of the old mine shaft.

"Approximately 30 people are trapped towards the top of the old shaft and the rest down a steep tunnel."

Those near the top had told the rescue services that about 200 people were in the tunnel.

The miners were found on Sunday while emergency services were conducting operations around illegal mining in the area. They heard screaming from the abandoned mine.

- SAPA
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