Monday 19 March 2018

Three miners rescued after Welsh cave in

Antony Stone

Three men were trapped underground for up to an hour after a cave-in at a colliery in the early hours of this morning.

Rescuers released the three trapped men after a trench collapsed at the Aberpergwm drift mine, in Glynneath, south Wales, just after 3am.

"Three people were released, there were two casualties who were taken to hospital," a Mid and West Wales Fire Brigade spokeswoman said.

"The third person was released after receiving treatment at the scene."

She added that they were released by a colliery mine rescue crew after being trapped for approximately one hour.

Firefighters stood by with lighting equipment and gave assistance until receiving the order to stand down at 5.58am.

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesman confirmed that two men were taken to Morriston Hospital, Swansea.

The extent of their injuries is not known, but they are not believed to be life-threatening.

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