487 trapped miners rescued at Harmony Gold

2015-02-22 21:46

All 487 miners that were trapped underground when a fire broke out at a gold mine near Carletonville have been safely brought to the surface.

“Everybody’s out safely,” said Harmony Gold spokesperson Memory Johnstone today.

No injuries or deaths had been reported.

“Employees are going to go for observation, to make sure that they’re physically healthy.”

A fire started on the Kusasalethu gold mine’s 75 level, approximately 2300 metres below surface, at about 09.40am this morning.

Some of the miners had used refuge bays underground which were supplied with fresh air, water and telephone communication to surface.

The fire was believed to have started during maintenance work on a bulk air cooler.

All operations at the mine had been suspended.

Johnstone said the fire had been contained.

“Assessment of the damage will happen, but the main priority was just to make sure that everybody was safe.”

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