Miners Rescued After 36 Hours
All 955 mine workers who were trapped underground for more than 36 hours have been rescued safely and unharmed.
The mineworkers became trapped inside Sibanye-Stillwater’s Beatrix gold mine in the Free State, South Africa, when a storm caused a power outage on Wednesday.
Efforts to free the miners continued through the entirety of Thursday and into Friday morning.
According to reports, the miners had no communication, no food, no medical supplies, and only received water in the early hours of Friday morning, after being trapped since Wednesday.
A spokesperson for the mine said in a statement: “Employees will undergo medical examination and trauma counselling‚ together with their families‚ if required.”
He also said that the workers would be given a week off to recuperate, before being expected to return to work.
Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources has expressed outrage that such a dangerous incident could happen just because of a power failure.
The National Union of Metalworkers of SA has argued that the mine should remain shut, pending a full investigation.
Image: One of the rescued mine workers [online image] (2018) sourced on 2 February 2018 from http://cdn.primedia.co.za/primedia-broadcasting/image/upload/c_fill,h_289,q_70,w_463/yb2zh3qplyec5udmwlps