Sibanye Gold: Stuck miner feared dead

Two miners have been stuck behind a barricaded area underground in the Cooke 1 Shaft since Monday.

FILE. The company says three employees entered a barricaded area at its Cooke 1 Shaft near Randfontein, apparently to search for gold illegally. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Sibanye Gold says it fears one of the miners stuck in a barricaded area underground since Monday has died and it's providing medical support to the other worker while rescue teams attempt to free him.

The company says three employees entered a barricaded area at its Cooke 1 Shaft near Randfontein, apparently to search for gold illegally.

One of the men managed to escape and alerted the company while the other two remain stuck behind a fall of ground.

Sibanye Gold spokesperson James Wellsted says, "We've been in contact with the first guy. We've now stabilised him, he's on a drip and getting liquids. We're trying to free the last rocks to get him out and then the helicopter is waiting to take him to hospital."