Illegal miner found dead in Riverlea

2016-11-11 11:44
(Iavan Pijoos, News24)

(Iavan Pijoos, News24)

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Johannesburg - An illegal miner was found dead at a disused shaft in Riverlea, while another is believed to be trapped underground near the old Highgate shopping centre, Gauteng police said on Friday.

Captain Kay Makhubele said the body of the miner in Riverlea was taken out by other illegal miners on Thursday afternoon.

The other illegal miner was apparently trapped underground at a mine shaft at the corner of Commando and Main Reef roads, near the railway line on Friday morning.

"It is believed that another one is trapped there this morning. We are heading there now," Makhubele said.

READ: Illegal miners trapped underground in Langlaagte

In September, more than 15 miners were trapped in a disused shaft in Langlaagte.

Only eight returned to the surface at first, leaving seven underground. 

A few days later, another three came out, while a fourth made his way out a day later.

The mine rescue services found two of the remaining volunteers - one was dead and the other, who was in a critical condition, was taken to Helen Joseph Hospital.

Twenty-two volunteer rescuers later retrieved the bodies of the last two miners that were still trapped underground at the Langlaagte mine.

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