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3,200 Miners Stuck Underground ( South Africa)
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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 ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: mine Comment #1 Removed by Moderator

To: maquiladora
A mile down? Unfortunately dwelling on that won’t let me get to sleep tonight...
2 posted on 10/03/2007 1:54:22 PM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: maquiladora

I’ll be praying for them.


3 posted on 10/03/2007 1:55:52 PM PDT by knittnmom (...surrounded by reality!)
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To: maquiladora

Unbelieveable that many down in the mine. Will any make it out?


4 posted on 10/03/2007 1:56:32 PM PDT by RightWhale (25 degrees today. Phase state change accomplished.)
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To: maquiladora

prayers up....


5 posted on 10/03/2007 1:57:27 PM PDT by griffin (Love Jesus, No Fear!)
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To: maquiladora
Oh no.

Prayers for a quick rescue.

6 posted on 10/03/2007 1:58:12 PM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: RightWhale

It’s not due to a collapse, it’s just that the “elevator” is broken and they have to reconfigure another “elevator” to allow them to exit safely. Nobody’s beem hurt, they just can’t get out.


7 posted on 10/03/2007 1:58:17 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: maquiladora

(AP) Johannesburg, South Africa. A truck loaded with food preparing to dump its
load down a mine shaft to 3,200 miners trapped below.
8 posted on 10/03/2007 2:02:22 PM PDT by Rb ver. 2.0 (Reunite Gondwanaland!)
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To: maquiladora

God be with them.


9 posted on 10/03/2007 2:02:55 PM PDT by stevio ((NRA))
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To: Spktyr

But their umbilical is OK? O2 is still pumping down? And A/C?


10 posted on 10/03/2007 2:04:10 PM PDT by txhurl (Yes there were WMDs)
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To: txflake

I’d assume so, no mention of any other damage in the article.


11 posted on 10/03/2007 2:06:17 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Abathar

3,200! Oh my gosh! Prayers for the miners and their families.


12 posted on 10/03/2007 2:08:25 PM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: txflake
But their umbilical is OK? O2 is still pumping down? And A/C?

That would be my concern too.

13 posted on 10/03/2007 2:08:42 PM PDT by Ditto (Global Warming: The 21st Century's Snake Oil)
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To: RightWhale

A friend of mine got a chance to go into one of the BIG - I mean REALLY BIG silver mines in Nevada. Maybe one having to do with the Comstock lode or something.

He said it was jaw dropping... dozens of levels, huge shafts that had been put in just for airflow, running streams underground and running hot water and sinks, bunks because some guys would just stay down there.

Pretty impressive. A guy could live down there for a long time.


14 posted on 10/03/2007 2:10:35 PM PDT by djf (Send Fred some bread! Not a whole loaf, a slice or two will do!)
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To: maquiladora

BBC reports:

The 2.2km (1.4mile) shaft was blocked near the bottom, trapping the workers.

Rescuers are trying to use an adjacent shaft to rescue the miners, a spokeswoman for the mine’s owner, Harmony Gold Mining, said.

The accident happened at about 0800 GMT and there has been no communication with the miners since then, she said.


15 posted on 10/03/2007 2:14:29 PM PDT by Aristotelian
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To: maquiladora

Prayers for the miners & their families


16 posted on 10/03/2007 2:19:53 PM PDT by pandoraou812 ( zero tolerance to the will of Allah & Muslims ...... dilligaf? with an efg.....)
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To: Abathar

Fox just confirmed this - 3200 people


17 posted on 10/03/2007 2:21:37 PM PDT by RDTF (Republicans believe every day is July 4th, but Democrats believe every day is April 15th. - Reagan)
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To: Abathar
A burst water pipe is thought to have caused a shaft to collapse

I wonder how much water poured in to the mine before they isolated the burst pipe.

Another question in my mind is when the pipe burst did it take out the power supply to the pumps that keep water out of the mine.

18 posted on 10/03/2007 2:26:16 PM PDT by Pontiac (Patriotism is the natural consequence of having a free mind in a free society.)
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To: Abathar

My heart goes out to their families - what a nightmare!


19 posted on 10/03/2007 2:27:06 PM PDT by headsonpikes (Genocide is the highest sacrament of socialism.)
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3,200 miners a mile beneath the surface? I have a hard time grappling with the image of that.

And only one mineshaft?

20 posted on 10/03/2007 2:30:17 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: maquiladora

The South Africans are world class mining experts.

They couldn’t be in better hands.

Prayers for their safety.


21 posted on 10/03/2007 2:30:37 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Spktyr
It’s not due to a collapse, it’s just that the “elevator” is broken and they have to reconfigure another “elevator” to allow them to exit safely. Nobody’s been hurt, they just can’t get out.

That's not what this says...

excerpt~

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.''

22 posted on 10/03/2007 3:08:51 PM PDT by jdm
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To: djf

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.

Comstock Bump.


23 posted on 10/03/2007 3:12:14 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Aristotelian
The first report I read was that one shaft had collapsed due to a broken pipe and that this hoist was currently inoperable. The later reports sound more hopeful. Magma’s cages had 25 men one each level for a total of 50 total per cage. Maintenance and vent shaft cages had lesser capacity. I can’t really visualize getting 3000 + down for one shift. Also, 4000 feet depth is considered really deep for what I am used to.
24 posted on 10/03/2007 3:34:22 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: tet68
The Comstock was very impressive for it's time, and it's deepest tunnel was 3300 ft. deep. These modern-day South African miners are 7,200 feet (l mile=5280 ft.) underground. We can only hope they have enough air conduits to keep them going until they can be rescued..
25 posted on 10/03/2007 5:01:09 PM PDT by xJones
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To: JimSEA

All miners at or on their way to the surface.

Twenty minute trip up.


26 posted on 10/04/2007 7:06:40 AM PDT by djf (Send Fred some bread! Not a whole loaf, a slice or two will do!)
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