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Trapped S’African mine workers ‘still alive’


LandmineTHERE are signs that the three people trapped in a South African gold mine following an accident last week are still alive, rescuers say.

The workers are stuck in the lamp room, buried under tonnes of rubble, which fell after a building collapsed into the mine on Friday.

The rescue team says they have got a response to tapping sounds that they made from above.

This had given the mine owners “immense hope” that the workers are still alive.

More than 70 miners managed to escape from underground using an emergency exit after Friday’s accident at Lily Mine near the north-eastern town of Barberton.

“We’ve started seeing indications that we’re getting close to this lamp room,” one of the mine managers, Mike Begg, told South Africa’s Eyewitness News.

Mr. Begg added that the aim now was to reach the room.

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