One illegal miner confirmed dead

2016-09-12 14:16
Two miners have been arrested and taken in for questioning at the Langlaagte Police station. (Iavan Pijoos, News24)

Two miners have been arrested and taken in for questioning at the Langlaagte Police station. (Iavan Pijoos, News24)

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Johannesburg - One of the illegal miners trapped underground in a disused shaft in Langlaagte has died, Johannesburg emergency services said on Monday.

"When one of the rescued miners came to the surface, he confirmed that one of his colleagues died when they were overcome by carbon monoxide," EMS spokesperson Synock Matobako said. 

Matobako said the tunnels where the miners were trapped were very narrow, which made rescue operations difficult.

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