ACCRA, Fourteen illegal miners who went in search of gold at Kojokrom Mbease-Nsuta in the Prestea Huni/Valley District in Ghana’s Western Region (Province) are reorted to have died after being trapped in a mining shaft.
The incident happened on Sunday evening and no victim had been rescued by Monday afternoon, says Superintendent Joseph Atsu Dzineke, the District Police Commander in charge of Pretsea.
He said that on July Sunday, Eric Nkurmah, the head of a small-scale mining group, told the Prestea police that an illegal mining pit had collapsed on some miners at Kojokrom Mbease-Nsuta.
A team of police officers was despatched to the site where some of the miners who survived told them that while they were coming out of the pit to buy food they heard a loud sound and suddenly the pit caved in.
The district police commander said a combined team of police officers and illegal miners had been working hard since Sunday to rescue the victims from the pit.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK