All 955 trapped Sibanye Gold miners resurface

2018-02-02 05:51
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Welkom – All 955 miners who were trapped underground for more than a day following a power cut have resurfaced, mining company Sibanye Gold said on Friday morning.

"Everybody's out," spokesperson James Wellsted told AFP, adding that there were "cases of dehydration and high blood pressure but nothing serious".

The Sibanye-Stillwater mining company said a massive power outage caused by a storm had prevented lifts from bringing the night shift to the surface at the Beatrix gold mine, in the small town of Theunissen near Welkom.

On Thursday night Sibanye Gold said that 955 miners were still trapped and they were working to restore power.

- Read more: 955 miners trapped underground in Welkom

The electric cable outage was caused by a storm on Wednesday night.

The miners were in a ventilated area and had access to food and water.

During the course of Thursday they managed to rescue 272 miners from shaft four and 64 from shaft one.

Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane is expected to visit the mine on Friday.

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