Two of five miners trapped in South Africa found dead

AFP , Sunday 27 Aug 2017

South Africa
Two miners at a South African gold mine owned by Harmony Gold have died after they were trapped underground following an earth tremor, the company said on Sunday. (Photo : Reuters )

Two of the five mineworkers trapped after sections of a gold mine collapsed in South Africa last week have been pulled out dead, the mine operator said Sunday.

Rescue workers are still searching for the other three, it said.

The accident occurred Friday morning at the Kusasalethu mine, about 80 kilometres (50 miles) west of Johannesburg, after an earth tremor about 3,100 metres (10,200 feet) below the earth's surface.

"A second miner trapped at... Kusasalethu mine near Carletonville since Friday morning has been brought to surface. Regrettably, he succumbed to his injuries," the operator, Harmony Gold, said in a statement.

South Africa possesses rich mineral reserves and has some of the world's deepest mines, but accidents are commonplace.

There were 73 deaths in South African mines last year, down slightly from 77 in 2015.

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