Bodies of miners recovered

2011-04-28 08:44

The bodies of two illegal miners were dug out of a collapsed mine shaft in Springs, on the East Rand, yesterday, police said.

“The men had been digging in a disused mine shaft on Monday when the tunnel collapsed and buried them alive,” said Captain Johannes Ramphora.

He said that the incident was reported on Tuesday afternoon, but that heavy rains impeded police efforts to free the bodies.

Early yesterday police returned with the K-9 (dog) unit to search for the illegal miners. Their bodies were recovered shortly before 1pm.

Ramphora said it was believed that the men came from the Eastern Cape but were staying in an informal settlement near Springs.

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