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UPDATE: Most trapped Lily Mine workers rescued

A mine shaft apparently collapsed, trapping the miners at the Lily Mine owned by Vantage Goldfields Limited.

Lily Mine in Baberton, Mpumalanga. Picture: Vantage Goldfields Limited.
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JOHANNESBURG – While most of the 115 miners have been rescued, five workers are still reportedly unaccounted for after being trapped underground at the Lily Mine near Barberton in Mpumalanga.

A mine shaft apparently collapsed, trapping the miners at the mine owned by Vantage Goldfields Limited.

Staff at the mine have made contact with the workers that were trapped. 

 Outside the Lily Mine near Barberton in Mpumalanga where more than 100 workers are trapped underground. Picture: Lowveld Media/Barberton Times.

Earlier, Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) said more than 100 workers were trapped and the cause of the collapse is not yet known.

There have been conflicting reports about how many of the miners have been injured and remain trapped.

People gathered at the gate to the Lily Mine near Barberton in Mpumalanga where more than 100 workers are trapped underground. Picture: Lowveld Media/Barberton Times.

Amcu’s Manzini Zungu says says, “It’s a worrying situation. We are worried because the fatalities seem not to come to an end. This disaster of an office collapsing at the mine is worrying.”

Earlier, Zungu said, “About 112 people have not been accounted for. It’s a disaster developing at this stage and we’re very concerned.”

Outside the Lily Mine near Barberton in Mpumalanga where more than 100 workers are trapped underground. Picture: Lowveld Media/Barberton Times.

ER24’s Russel Meiring says emergency crews have managed to rescue about 49 people so far and treated them for minor injuries.

“So far 49 miners have been brought to the surface. We have assessed the patients and found they only sustained minor injuries. Mine rescue services are still busy at the scene to rescue the remaining miners.”

All images by Lowveld Media/Barberton Times.

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)

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