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South Africa: 1000 trapped miners rescued after spending night underground02:19

South Africa: 1000 trapped miners rescued after spending night underground

South Africa, Welkom
February 2, 2018 at 09:47 GMT -00:00 · Published

Nine hundred and ninety nine mine workers of the Beatrix gold mine in Welkom, South Africa, who were trapped underground due to a power cut since Wednesday night, have been rescued on Friday. A power outraged caused by a storm prevented the lifts from bringing the night shift worker back to the surface. Rescue teams were in place throughout the night as the company was trying to restore the power. According to the spokesperson for mining firm ‘Sibanye-Stillwater’ James Wellsted, "contingency plans were in place" and it was the firm’s decision "to keep the people here while we try to restore power rather than making them walk five kilometres underground to the secondary escape way.""They’ll get back to the change rooms, they will shower and change, as I said, we’ll do a medical assessment," James Wellsted said.Family members of the trapped workers were at the scene all night waiting for their loved ones.

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Nine hundred and ninety nine mine workers of the Beatrix gold mine in Welkom, South Africa, who were trapped underground due to a power cut since Wednesday night, have been rescued on Friday. A power outraged caused by a storm prevented the lifts from bringing the night shift worker back to the surface. Rescue teams were in place throughout the night as the company was trying to restore the power. According to the spokesperson for mining firm ‘Sibanye-Stillwater’ James Wellsted, "contingency plans were in place" and it was the firm’s decision "to keep the people here while we try to restore power rather than making them walk five kilometres underground to the secondary escape way.""They’ll get back to the change rooms, they will shower and change, as I said, we’ll do a medical assessment," James Wellsted said.Family members of the trapped workers were at the scene all night waiting for their loved ones.

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