Desperate bid to save trapped men at Rustenburg mine

2016-05-18 10:52


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Mahikeng – Rescuers are working furiously at Impala Platinum’s Rustenburg mine to save two mineworkers who have been trapped underground since a collapse on Tuesday morning.

It was unclear where exactly the rock drillers were trapped, and officials were working with the team members who were with them to find out where they were last seen, Implats spokesperson Johan Theron told News24.

The collapse occurred at 10:00 on level 19, but Theron could not say how deep down it was.

While special technology was being used to locate the men, Theron said the rescue operation would be a "very manual task".

Implats has not released the names of the workers and would wait for the go-ahead from their families before doing so.

The one trapped mineworker is 55 years old and has worked at the mine for 30 years, and the other is a 44-year-old who has worked there for five years.i

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