A rescue team, including personnel from the Guyana Defence Force is heading to the Marudi area in the Deep South Rupununi following reports that a miner was buried alive in a gold mining pit yesterday.
Reports reaching this newspaper stated that the miner whose name was given as Clifton Rodrigues of Aishaltion Region Nine was trapped beneath tons of gravel after the walls of the pit he and other colleagues were working in caved in.
The incident occurred at the lucrative Mazwa Mountain, way down south in the Rupununi.
Sources in Rupununi told this newspaper that Rodrigues was among three miners who were trapped about 300 feet below the surface.
However, unconfirmed reports stated that the other two miraculously managed to escape to safety.
An initial search for Rodrigues was futile since his colleagues could not immediately locate where his body was.
Yesterday’s incident is yet another case of miners being killed in gold mining pits, apparently because of poor mining practices.
This is despite the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission repeatedly warning against unsafe mining procedures.
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