Miner found dead in Welsh mine, three missing

By REUTERS
September 16, 2011 12:24

LONDON - One miner has been found dead and three others remain trapped following a flash flood in a coal mine in south Wales, police and emergency workers said on Friday.

Rescue workers found the man overnight but were unable to recover his body from a flooded shaft and so could not identify him, leaving the families of the missing men uncertain which of them had suffered a tragedy.

Three other men escaped from the small private Gleision Colliery in the Swansea Valley following the accident on Thursday and one was taken to hospital. They said a wall to an old working had failed, flooding the main 250 meter route into the mine.

A fire and rescue service spokesman said they believed the remaining miners were on the other side of a blockage caused when water rushed in where the men had been working.


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