Indonesian mining death toll now feared will reach 28

May 20, 2013, 12:08 PM EDT
Rescuers use a ground support split set and welded mesh to prevent rockfall during a process rescuing workers still trapped in an underground training class at the Grasberg complex in remote West Papua province in this May 15, 2013 picture provided by PT Freeport Indonesia.
REUTERS/PT Freeport Indonesia/Handout


Freeport Indonesia's massive copper mine in Papua remained closed May 20, with labor unions calling for it to resume operations until all bodies have been recovered from last week's deadly tunnel collapse. The confirmed death toll has risen to 17 with a further 11 miners missing, believed dead, making it Indonesia's worst mining disaster. The government says a full inquiry into the cave-in of an underground training area will be undertaken once the recovery operation is completed.