Stuck mineworker rescued from Sibanye Gold mine

The man was found alongside the body of another worker, who died before rescue teams arrived.

FILE. Three men apparently accessed a barricaded area to mine for gold illegally. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Sibanye Gold says a mineworker who was rescued from behind an underground rock fall is still in a critical condition in hospital after getting stuck there on Monday.

The man was rescued at Sibanye's Cooke 1 Shaft near Randfontein yesterday afternoon and was found alongside the body of another worker, who died before rescue teams could get to them.

Three men apparently accessed a barricaded area to mine for gold illegally; one of them managed to escape and alerted the company.

Sibanye Gold spokesperson James Wellsted says, "He's still in a critical condition because obviously there was a lot of trauma. They're contractors employed by Cooke so they're not directly employed by us."