Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Mine Manager Arrested on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter, After Four Deaths - 18th Oct 2011

The manager of a Welsh colliery where four miners died has been arrested on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter.

Philip Hill, 44, Charles Breslin, 62, David Powell, 50, and 39-year-old Garry Jenkins were killed last month after becoming trapped in the flooded mine near Swansea.

Rescuers worked for more than 30 hours but the operation ended in tragedy as police confirmed the discovery of all four bodies.

Malcolm Fyfield, 55, is being held by officers from South Wales Police investigating the accident at the Gleision Colliery in Cilybebyll.

Police say they have completed their examination of the scene and the mine is now closed and under the control of the Coal Authority.

Floodwater engulfed a tunnel where the men were working together on the morning of September 15. Read More