South Africa gold mine Update: All 955 trapped workers freed


"Everybody's out," the words all had been hoping for shouted James Wellsted, spokesman for the operating firm Sibanye-Stillwater, they have all been brought back to the surface with no injuries.


Original report below.


Frantic efforts are now underway in an effort to rescue 955 gold miners, trapped underground since Wednesday night, in one of South Africa’s, largest gold mines after power supplying the mines hoists went down.


The Beatrix mine, owned by the Sibanye-Stillwater mining firm, is approximately 290km south-west of Johannesburg and is one of the deepest mines in South Africa, totaling 23 levels, stretching down to 3,800 ft below ground.


Reports from the Associated Press state that ambulances have been seen arriving throughout the night, but a company spokesperson has said that so-far there is no indication any miner has been injured. However, previous reports seem to indicate that rescuers did have problems getting supplies down to the trapped miners.


South Africa is one of the world’s top gold producers, but their safety record has not been the best. In 2017 alone there were at least 80 fatalities recorded plus many injuries.


More on this story as news comes in


Steve Simmonds Global Breaking News Hub


Credits and Sources: Associated Press, BBC.UK and the  Sibanye-Stillwater mining firm.

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