Rescue teams today (Thursday, June 8) found four more bodies in the devastated Kamandama shaft of Rhodesia's Wankie coal mine, ripped by an explosion lasts Tuesday (6 June).
GV & LV EXT. Mine 92 shots
LV & CU Entrance to mine with dust rising (2 shots)
TV President Dupont arrives
LV Stretchers on ground
LV PAN people waiting
SV & LV President with mine officials watching as air is piped down mineshaft (6 shots)
CU Rescue workers lighting cigarettes (3 shots)
SV Air being piped down shaft (2 shots)
LV & SV President and others at prayer with women wailing (3 shots)
SCU Mine official speaks to reporter
SOF IN: "Now what are....
ENDS: "..very gloomy."
INTERVIEWER: "Now what are the chances of the men coming out now?"
MINE OFFICIAL: "Of course, I think it's a little premature to make any comments at the moment, but the situation looks very gloomy."
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Background: Rescue teams today (Thursday, June 8) found four more bodies in the devastated Kamandama shaft of Rhodesia's Wankie coal mine, ripped by an explosion lasts Tuesday (6 June).
The recovery brings to seven the known dead. At least 400 miners are still missing.
The rescue teams have been working through tons of rubble still blocking the gas-filled shaft. So far they have penetrated to 3,300 feet (1,023 metres), but most of the trapped miners are believed to have been working in tunnels up to 7,000 feet (2,170 metres) from the shaft entrance.
As rescuers and families of the missing miners maintained a vigil at the pit head, Rhodesia's President Clifford Dupont visited the mine with Mines Minister Mr. Ian Dillon.
The President announced during the visit that a fund had been set up for the families of the victims. He joined the waiting people in prayer.
An official of the owners of the mine, the anglo-American Corporation, was asked about the situation.
SYNOPSIS: Rescue teams and families of missing miners maintain a sad vigil at the shaft-head of the Wankie coal mine, in Rhodesia, as the search goes on for more that four-hundred mine workers unaccounted for since an explosion devastated part of the mine last Tuesday. The known death toll has now reached seven.
As the rescue attempts went on, Rhodesia's President Clifford Dupont arrived to convey his sympathy, accompanied by the Mines Minister, Mr. Ian Dillon.
The rescue teams had been working through tons of rubble still blocking the gas-filled Kamandama shaft. So far, they have penetrated to three-thousand-three hundred feet, but most of the trapped miners are believed to have been working in tunnels up to seven-thousand feet from the shaft entrance. Special air pipes have had to be installed to help clear the shaft of lethal gas. Trouble with the huge fans required to pump the air into the mine held up rescue operations for a time.
The President announced during the visit that a fund had been set up for the families of the victims. Wankie depends almost wholly on mining the richest coal vein in the southern hemisphere for its livelihood, and almost everyone living in the town has either a relative or a close friend among the trapped men.
Then the President joined the women and rescuers at the pit-head in prayer. An official of the owners of the mine, the Anglo-American Corporation, was asked about the situation.