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Hope dwindles as illegal miners remain trapped

12 September 2016 8:41 AM

One illegal miner was rescued from an abandoned mine in Langlaagte, while others have been trapped underground since Wednesday.

Plans to rescue trapped illegal miners at an abandoned mine in Langlaagte were halted after emergency and rescue teams noticed smoke indicating a fire underground.

Speaking to 702's John Robbie, newly-appointed MMC for public safety, Michael Sun, shared the recent developments since the rescue operations were halted.

Sun said the rescue team's movement was constrained due to the bad condition of the mine where four remaining illegal miners have been trapped since Wednesday.

Listen to the interview below:

There was a fire underground that created a large amount of smoke, the technical term is that there's a large amount of carbon monoxide.

Michael Sun, MMC for public safety

The miners couldn't go through with their breathing tanks. They had to use temporary breathing apparatus, which only lasts for about 15 minutes.

Michael Sun, MMC for public safety

12 September 2016 8:41 AM