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eight dead in South African gold mine accident

By on February 6, 2014

South African emergency workers rescued eight miners trapped a mile underground on Wednesday.
At least nine miners remain trapped in a South African gold mine after an underground fire, the Harmony Gold mining company.

Rescue teams had to battle through smoke and debris at a depth of 1,700 meters to reach the eight, who had managed to flee to a refuge bay equipped with a telephone and other survival items.

“Efforts continue to establish the whereabouts of a further nine employees who are currently unaccounted for,” the company said in a prepared statement.

The fire is reported to have broken out about 1,733 meters (5,700 feet) underground around 6 p.m. local time Tuesday.

South Africa’s gold mines are the deepest in the world and ranked as some of the most dangerous during the apartheid years.

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