Illegal miner’s body found
The body of an illegal miner who was trapped in an old mine shaft in Durban Deep has been recovered.
JOHANNESBURG - The body of an illegal miner who was trapped in an old mine shaft in Durban Deep, Roodepoort, has been recovered.
The man and four others entered an unused shaft on Thursday last week.
The man apparently fell while he was attempting to exit the mine without a rope, while the others managed to escape.
Rescue workers had to suspend a 16-hour search for him on Friday, as the area had become dangerous due to falling rocks.
The search resumed on Monday and his body was found during the early hours of Wednesday.
Johannesburg Emergency Management Services spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi said the man suffered a critical head injury and several fractures to his hands and legs.
It is believed the injuries were a result of the fall.