Rescue operation for illegal miners called off

Emergency services have called off a rescue operation for illegal miners who are trapped at a mine shaft.

FILE: A rescue worker stands next to the illegal mine shaft where eleven miners were rescued after being trapped underground for almost a day on 16 February 2014. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Emergency services have called off a rescue operation at a mine shaft in Roodepoort on the West Rand where a group of illegal miners are trapped.

It is believed that four people are stuck underground at a dangerous part of the mine; it is not clear what will happen to those who are trapped.

They are in a dangerous part of the mine and rescue services do not want to enter as they fear for their own safety.

Emergency service's Nana Radebe says "The search for the alleged illegal miners that were trapped has been called off due to the carbon monoxide that is very high inside the mine itself."

This is the latest incident involving trapped illegal miners.

A number of miners were freed in Benoni earlier this week after they were trapped by a rival group.