Rescuers killed searching for miner

2011-09-27 14:05
Johannesburg - Two rescue workers have been killed while trying to retrieve the body of a miner in Harmony Gold's Evander mine in Mpumalanga, the company said on Tuesday.

A third member of the external rescue team made it back to the surface unhurt. The accident happened on Monday.

"At this stage we don't know what happened, but an investigation is underway today," Harmony spokesperson Marian van der Walt said.

The Harmony miner was believed to be working in the ore pass, a steep and narrow channel used to move equipment and ore up and down the mine, when he was killed.

The rescue team was searching for his body when there was a second accident.

Harmony CEO Graham Briggs expressed condolences to the families and colleagues of the deceased.

All mining had been stopped while the cause of the two accidents was investigated.

"This is very traumatic for everyone," Van der Walt said.

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