January 13, 2000 |
Rescuers managed to pass food and water through a narrow pipe to miners trapped in Orkney, 110 miles southwest of Johannesburg. Rescue teams at the African Rainbow Minerals gold mine said at least four miners had died. Rescue workers made contact with the team leader late Tuesday night. He confirmed that four colleagues were dead and that two were seriously injured and separated from the main group of eight survivors. Another miner remained unaccounted for.
January 14, 2000 |
Rescuers, clawing with shovels and their bare hands, broke through a wall of rock to reach nine miners entombed for four days below more than a mile of earth and rock. The miners emerged from the shaft on stretchers. They were in good condition but headed to a nearby hospital for examination, said mine spokeswoman Charmane Russell.
July 31, 1999 |
A gas explosion in a South African gold mine killed 18 miners and left one missing in a shaft more than 1 1/2 miles underground, mine officials said. Twenty miners were lifted to safety after the explosion Thursday at the Mponeng mine southeast of Johannesburg. None of the rescued miners was injured. The miners were lengthening an access tunnel to a working area when the gas, probably methane, ignited, said James Duncan, a spokesman for Anglogold, the world's largest gold producer.
May 14, 1993 |
At least 25 people were killed after a methane blast ripped through a South African coal mine and rescue workers were searching for a further 28 missing men today. A spokesman for the mine at Secunda, 80 miles east of Johannesburg, said specialized rescue teams had recovered the bodies of 25 mine workers shortly after dawn today, more than 16 hours after the explosion.