Rescue operation for trapped Highgate illegal miner called-off

2016-11-11 13:03
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Johannesburg - A rescue operation for an illegal miner, who was believed to be trapped at a disused shaft in the Highgate area, was called off on Friday morning.

Police spokesperson Captain Kay Makhubele said the conditions were too dangerous for the rescue team to go underground.

Makhubele said they were called to the scene where the miner was trapped early on Friday morning.

As rain poured down, rescuers packed their bags and made their way to their cars, while the rest of the miners stood under a tree for shelter.

According to the some of the miners, their colleague got trapped when they went underground.

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It is believed that he wasn't far from the entrance and that a rock was blocking his way. They claim he died in the incident, and that they were going to recruit more men to get the body out themselves.

Makhubele said he could only confirm the death once the body was found and paramedics had declared it.

The body of another illegal miner was found in the Riverlea area on Thursday.



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