Survivor rescued from Langlaagte mine

2016-09-12 18:51
Mines Rescue team members make their way down the shaft. (Iavan Pijoos, News24)

Mines Rescue team members make their way down the shaft. (Iavan Pijoos, News24)

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WATCH: Zama zamas trapped as Langlaagte rescue stalls

2016-09-12 15:11

Illegal miners were trapped underground on Monday after a rescue operation was halted.WATCH

Johannesburg - Paramedics and rescue technicians have surfaced with a survivor from the disused shaft in Langlaagte on Monday night.

He has been trapped underground for nearly a week.

This after a team of mine rescuers entered the shaft as daylight began to fade.

Paramedics at the scene confirmed that one man had been found alive in the shaft and was brought to the surface.

An ambulance was brought to an area close to the entrance of the shaft.

Four members of the community, ad hoc rescuers who entered the shaft in a bid to help, also returned to the surface.

Police spokesperson Kay Makhubela said that the 42-year-old man was in a critical condition and would be admitted to hospital.

Earlier on Monday, three illegal miners, commonly known as “zama-zamas” were arrested at the disused mineshaft and taken for questioning at the Langlaagte police station.

Four miners rescued on Sunday were also arrested with three others having escaped.

Authorities are unable to confirm how many people are missing.

On Wednesday morning, a group of miners went into the shaft. It was unclear how many were in this group.

On Thursday, 16 miners went down to look for them. Only eight surfaced. Another eight people went down on Saturday morning to help with the search. Only four returned on Sunday.

The police were summoned and the rescue effort began got underway.

WATCH: Miner rescued

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