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19.04.2007 General News

Three “galamsey” miners feared dead


Three people are feared dead at Saanso near Huni-Valley in the Wassa West District of the Western region when a pit in which they were working in caved in on them.

This latest incident is barely three days after nine small-scale miners (galamsey operators) lost their lives in a pit at Japa-Dadieso near Wassa Akropong in the Amenfi East District.

The deceased were identified as James Boa and Addae both aged 21 who hail from Wassa Nkwanta near Wassa Nsuaem and Kingsley 38, a citizen of Beahu near Takoradi.

Three other miners who managed to escape sustained injuries and are responding to treatment at the Huni-Valley clinic. They are Evans Nyamekye who had a fracture on his left hand, Kaarsum who suffered a broken leg and Kwaku Amoako who had some bruises on his legs.

Speaking to the GNA at the scene of the accident, Amoako said the incident occurred between 0800 and 0900 hours on Wednesday, April 18.

He said blasting was carried out on Tuesday, April 17 and in the morning a group of 18 small scale miners, made up of nine women and nine men went to the site and began carting loose ore from the pit to the surface for processing.

Amoako said initially seven people including himself entered but one was asked to leave the pit and six of them remained. He said after some time he realised that some loose materials were falling into the pit and called his colleagues to come out when he was leaving the pit but unfortunately the three were trapped and feared dead while the other two who managed to leave sustained injuries.

A rescue team made up of personnel from Abosso Goldfields Limited and the police arrived at the scene to evacuate the deceased.

Source: GNA