Lily Mine efforts still a rescue operation - Amcu

2016-02-16 12:46
Joseph Mathunjwa (AP)

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2016-02-15 10:07

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Barberton – The operation to rescue three miners who have been trapped underground at Lily Mine near Barberton for 11 days is not yet a recovery mission, Amcu leader Joseph Mathunjwa said on Tuesday.

Although rescue operations remained suspended, Mathunjwa told News24: "We still have faith that we will rescue the three people. We have not moved to a body recovery. It is still a rescue operation."

The container in which Pretty Nkambule, Solomon Nyerende and Yvonne Mnisi were working is buried several metres below the surface after it fell into a sinkhole.

After days of trying to reach the mineworkers, a large concrete structure at the entrance of the mine tunnel and soil from a hill next to the sinkhole broke off and fell into the same hole in which the container is buried.

Rescue operations have been suspended as a result.

Mathunjwa said senior mine managers had gone underground to check the stability of the pillars.

"We will wait for their report to determine if rescue operations can commence," he said.

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