Four Brazilian miners were killed and one injured after they were trapped in a mining pit collapse in the vicinity of Eterinbang, in Region Seven yesterday.
The circumstances in which the men died were unclear up to press time and police officials would only confirm the deaths of the four Brazilian nationals and the injury of another, Jose Roberto Diaz, who was taken to a city hospital.
The bodies were transported from the area to the Ogle Airport last evening and they are currently at the Lyken Funeral Parlour awaiting post-mortem examinations on Monday.
Eterinbang is on the Guyana/Venezuelan border. The area has a heavy military presence at the border. Efforts to contact the spokespersons for both the army and the police force, however, proved futile.
Mining accidents continue to be prevalent and miners have been accused of not taking proper safety precautions. This is the fourth collapsed mining pit tragedy that has claimed a life for the year.
In April, sixteen-year-old Dennis Anthony Barker died after a mining pit caved in at Pamela, Mahdia, while Scotland Pluck, twenty years was injured. The young men were mining in a small area when the pit caved in due to a lack of support and broker Barker’s neck. Other pork knockers in the vicinity had rushed to help dig the men out from the pit but unfortunately it was too late for Barker.