Friday, February 2, 2018

955 workers trapped in South African mine brought to surface

955 workers trapped in South African mine brought to surface
All 955 gold miners who were trapped underground for more than a day in South Africa following a power cut, have resurfaced unharmed.


A spokesman for the company who owns the mine said, "everybody's out," adding that there were "cases of dehydration and high blood pressure but nothing serious".

The miners were stuck in the Beatrix gold mine, in the small town of Theunissen near the city of Welkom, for around 30 hours after a massive power outage caused by a storm prevented lifts from bringing workers on the night shift to the surface.

After several hours engineers were able to restore power, allowing the hoist to bring up the miners, who had been trapped since Wednesday evening, in batches.

Asked if there had been any casualties, the spokesman said there was "no indication so far that anyone has been in distress" although it had been a "traumatic experience".
 (RTE)
 2/2/18

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