Skip to comments.3,200 Miners Stuck Underground ( South Africa)
Posted on 10/03/2007 1:52:07 PM PDT by maquiladora
Thousands Trapped In SA Gold Mine Updated: 21:39, Wednesday October 03, 2007
Three thousand workers are trapped in a gold mine near Johannesburg, in South Africa. More follows...
(Excerpt) Read more at news.sky.com ...
The South Africans are world class mining experts.
They couldn’t be in better hands.
Prayers for their safety.
That's not what this says...
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) - A water pipe burst and soil in an underground shaft probably collapsed Wednesday morning, trapping about 3,000 workers in a gold mine near Johannesburg, South Africa's economic capital and gold-mining center, the workers' union said.
It was not immediately possible to get comment from the management of Harmony Gold's Elandsrand Mine in Carletonville, nor details, such about how deep down the shaft is.
The spokesman for the National Union of Mineworkers, Lesiba Seshoka, said the managers were meeting with union members.
Miners had gone down the shaft, then the water pipe burst, and they had not been heard from since about 10 a.m., he said.
``It's a terrible situation,'' Seshoka told The Associated Press. ``The only exit is blocked, probably by a fall of ground.''
It was so hot in some of the deep mines that special rooms
were created, insulated with sawdust, that were chilled with
Ice to allow the miners to cool off periodically.
All miners at or on their way to the surface.
Twenty minute trip up.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.