Trapped Miners Begin Emerging From Illegal S. Africa Mine
Rescuers in contact with 30 illegal miners near surface; more below
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 16, 2014 6:29 AM CST
Updated Feb 16, 2014 10:59 AM CST
Emergency rescue workers attempt to free trapped illegal miners at a disused gold mine shaft near, Benoni, South Africa, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – A handful of the 200-plus illegal South African miners trapped in an abandoned gold mine near Johannesburg have begun to emerge, reports the BBC. Rescuers are in contact with a group of about 30 miners who are near the surface, reports Reuters. "They told us there are about 200 others trapped further below," says an emergency services spokesman. "It's an abandoned mine shaft in the middle of (open fields) ... it was not a blocked-off area ." The group is apparently trapped by fallen boulders; excavating equipment has been brought in. Illegal mining is common in South Africa, notes Reuters.

View 1 more image
More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
230 Miners Trapped in Abandoned S. Africa Mine is...
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Showing 3 of 23 comments
Feb 16, 2014 2:36 PM CST
Authorities should always take their sweet time when rescuing criminals. Consider it part of their just punishment...
Ezekiel 25:17
Feb 16, 2014 12:08 PM CST
I heard of trapped gold miners and I started to worry until I found out they were in Africa. Me and my buds have invested in gold mines in PNG. We are hoping they find a huge deposit.
Feb 16, 2014 11:57 AM CST
There is no god or gods of any sort, so when these creatures die and rot away it's as if they where never born. They didn't exist before they where born and they don't exist after they rot way...........................But this is a great opportunity for future scientist and archaeologist to study these creatures in say 2 or 3 thousand years when they are rediscovered by the lucky future us.