Twelve illegal miners rescued in South Africa, others stay underground




 
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Twelve illegal miners rescued in South Africa, others stay underground
 
February 16th, 2014  
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Twelve illegal miners rescued in South Africa, others stay underground
By Mike Hutchings and John Mkhize BENONI, South Africa (Reuters) - A dozen South African illegal miners were brought to the surface on Sunday after being trapped in an abandoned gold mine near Johannesburg, but an unknown number remained underground because they feared arrest, an emergency services spokesman said. "Twelve have been rescued so far," ER24 spokesman Werner Vermaak told Reuters. A police patrol in the semi-rural Johannesburg suburb of Benoni, where gold has been mined for decades, had been alerted by shouts from the trapped miners. Illegal mining of abandoned shafts is common in South Africa, where informal miners excavate ore to sell, often living underground in dangerous and precarious conditions.

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