Eight bodies found in South African mine

Feb 06, 2014, 1:01 AM EST
South African mine workers walk home with fire wood in Carletonville on September 3, 2013. Tens of thousands of gold miners are set to go on strike today after wage talks broke down, threatening to cost millions of dollars in lost output in the troubled sector.
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Rescue workers at a South African gold mine say they have recovered eight bodies after a fire and rock fall. One other miner remains missing at the Doornkop mine west of Johannesburg, the government said. Earlier, eight other miners were found in an underground refuge chamber and brought to the surface, mine owners Harmony Gold said. The fire began on Tuesday evening about 1,700m (5,600ft) below ground. The cause of the blaze is not yet clear.

 

Background:

South Africa gold mine fire: Eight bodies found [BBC]

Harmony gold miners trapped underground [Mail & Guardian]

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