Another body pulled from Kleinzee mine

2012-05-24 11:42

Bloemfontein - Rescuers have removed one more body from the Bontekou mine at Kleinzee, where about 15 illegal miners were trapped by loose gravel, Northern Cape police said on Thursday.

Spokesperson Captain Cherelle Ehlers said the conditions at the rescue site were extremely difficult and dangerous.

Earlier, one illegal digger was rescued. He had sustained minor injuries. He was treated for shock in a hospital in Springbok. Another three escaped unharmed.

Police have now recovered two bodies, and rescuers could see another, but the unstable conditions had prevented them from retrieving it.

Mine engineers have visited the site to make an analysis. It was decided that a ditch would be dug alongside the tunnel in which the diggers were trapped, from which rescuers would try to reach them.

Police from Kommagas, Kleinzee, and Port Nolloth, and search and rescue teams from Upington and Kimberley, the De Beers Mine, and officials from Nama Khoi disaster management and rescue services were involved in the rescue effort.

Tunnels at the mine collapsed on Tuesday at 15:00. The mine closed the tunnels in April.

Eleven illegal diggers reportedly managed to escape and alerted police. The collapsed hole was about 6m deep and led to several tunnels and an underground waiting area.

  • Irene - 2012-05-24 11:52

    Such a waste of money. Leave the criminals down there and let them rot.

      Sheldon - 2012-05-24 12:00

      How dare you when you have absolutely no idea what drive these people to risk their lives.I'm staying in the area all my life so I know exactly what's happening here.Mines closed down but the mining houses still have their lisences so nobody can get permits.And by the way a friend of mine also died in the tragedy.So Irene just shut it .

      Irene - 2012-05-24 12:05

      Sheldon ~ A thief remains a thief. Plain and simple. Why don't you shut up or better still, go bury your friend and make sure it's not on somebody else's land.

      anthro45 - 2012-05-24 13:11

      Yes Sheldon, shut the hell up !!!

      Ben - 2012-05-24 14:49

      Irene, if you or any of your family ever drive over the speed limit (for instance driving 130kmh on a national road, or 70kmh in a suburbian 60kmh zone) which let's face it we all some time do, than I pressume the same rules apply? If you are involved in an accident, then the paramedics should also leave you in your car wreck to rot, right? You were after all illegally exceeding the speedlimit. Oh, and because you didn't wear your seatbelt (also illegal) you get to rot in your car wreck an extra week, just to teach you!

  • Squeegee - 2012-05-24 11:55

    Thieves, not 'illegal miners'. They are there stealing what does not belong to them. Soon they will want to sue the owners for safety violations.

  • Ben - 2012-05-24 12:06

    News24 should get their facts straight before they report. "The mine closed the tunnels in April" ...there were no tunnels, it was an open cast pit. The tunnels were dug by the illegal miners. And another body was not recovered, because that would make it three. Two bodies were recovered yesterday. And it was initially 30 people that were trapped. Eleven got out alive, then one survivor was pulled out alive, and then two bodies of deceased were recovered. That leaves sixteen still down there, presumably dead. And even though they were illegal, that doesn't warrant a death penalty like some people's comments suggest!

  • kevin.moreland2 - 2012-05-24 12:59

    if there are any other dumb asses who survived,are they gonna be arrested ?

      Amanda - 2012-05-24 13:07

      They dug their own graves. Leave them there, they are already where they belong - in hell

  • elrichsarah.cloete - 2012-05-24 13:44

    Can somebody please tell me how to come into contact with News24. Our radio station is on site at the mine where the rescue operations are taking place. We would like to give them the correct information as the article above is not correct.

      Ben - 2012-05-24 14:44

      It makes one wonder how many other articles there are on News24 that's not correct! We should not blindly believe everything we read on News24, it seems.....

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