Body of ninth Harmony miner found

2014-02-07 20:08
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Johannesburg - The body of the last miner missing following a fire in Harmony Gold's Doornkop mine was found on Friday, the mineral resources department said.

"This brings to nine the number of workers who lost their lives in the Doornkop incident," said the department.

A fire on Tuesday started on level 192, which is roughly 1 700m underground, after a seismic event triggered a fall of ground, damaging electric cables. The mine is about 30km west of Johannesburg.

Eighteen people were reported missing at the end of the shift on Tuesday night.

Surface

One miner surfaced in the early hours of Wednesday and he gave rescue workers the location of other miners he had seen underground.

Eight miners were brought to the surface unharmed later on Wednesday.

On Thursday, the bodies of eight miners were taken to the surface.

Harmony Gold said on Friday that another two of its workers had died in separate accidents on Thursday afternoon.

One was killed at the Kusasalethu mine in the North West and the other at its Joel mine in the Free State.

- SAPA
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