Fourteen miners are known to have been killed and at least eight more injured, in an accident at a gold-mine near Welcome in South Africa's Orange Free State on Friday (7 October).
GV: mine headgear and CU winch winding wheel (2 shots)
CU: spokesman for mine talking to reporter.
SV: mine rescue workers at Shaft bottom (interview sound continues over) (4 shots)
SV: rescued mine workers being hoisted to surface in ore bucket.
V: injured and stretcher cases being carried away.
SV: mining officials at mine shaft.
MINE SPOKESMAN: "Well a kibble, which is a large ore carrying bucket, was being hoisted up this number three shaft at Free State Saaiplaats. It's a new developing shaft; it's not in production by any means yet. What apparently happened is it caught on one of the staging areas which is part of the shaft sinking operation and the rope broke and the ore carrying bucket, full of nine tons of ore, crashed to the bottom of the shaft."
REPORTER: "Were there people at the bottom of the shaft at that time?"
SPOKESMAN: "Yes, 66 people working in the particular area; 65 or 66 it's not quite certain."
REPORTER: "I believe that 65 is now the established figure, isn't it?"
SPOKESMAN: "It is indeed yes."
REPORTER: "What's happened to those people?"
SPOKESMAN: "Of those, 55 have been accounted for. Ten are still unaccounted for. Of that 55, 43 were brought out fortunately uninjured, and were able to walk away from the scene after being medically examined. Eight were injured, they were stretcher cases, they were taken immediately by ambulance to hospital. And four, unhappily, are known definitely to be dead."
REPORTER: "What is happening about those ten still unaccounted for?"
SPOKESMAN: "Clearly rescue operations are still going. The mine management has been working all through the night to establish exactly what danger remains in the shaft in the form of hanging areas of difficult machinery and son on."
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Background: Fourteen miners are known to have been killed and at least eight more injured, in an accident at a gold-mine near Welcome in South Africa's Orange Free State on Friday (7 October). Eleven of the dead were black miners. With three white men, they were killed when a loaded ore bucket plunged 3,000 feet (about 1,000 metres) down a shaft at the Free State Saaiplaats mine.
SYNOPSIS: With rescue work still going on at the mine, owned by Anglo-American Corporation, a mine spokesman explained what happened.