Lily Mine efforts still a rescue operation - Amcu

2016-02-16 12:46
Joseph Mathunjwa (AP)

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WATCH: Go inside Lily mine's search and rescue operation

2016-02-15 10:07

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Barberton – The operation to rescue three miners who have been trapped underground at Lily Mine near Barberton for 11 days is not yet a recovery mission, Amcu leader Joseph Mathunjwa said on Tuesday.

Although rescue operations remained suspended, Mathunjwa told News24: "We still have faith that we will rescue the three people. We have not moved to a body recovery. It is still a rescue operation."

The container in which Pretty Nkambule, Solomon Nyerende and Yvonne Mnisi were working is buried several metres below the surface after it fell into a sinkhole.

After days of trying to reach the mineworkers, a large concrete structure at the entrance of the mine tunnel and soil from a hill next to the sinkhole broke off and fell into the same hole in which the container is buried.

Rescue operations have been suspended as a result.

Mathunjwa said senior mine managers had gone underground to check the stability of the pillars.

"We will wait for their report to determine if rescue operations can commence," he said.

Read more on:    amcu  |  joseph mathunjwa  |  mbombela  |  mining  |  lily mine collapse

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