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.
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.
posted on 10/03/2007 3:34:22 PM PDT
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