Friday, September 16, 2011

Second miner found dead but desperate hunt goes on for two men still trapped in flooded tunnels 300ft underground - 16th Sept 2011

A second miner has been found dead in a flooded coal mine in South Wales, police have confirmed.

The identity of the first man, who was found by rescuers overnight, has not yet been established but the body has been recovered from the mine.

The lead rescuer at the scene said he appears to have been separated from the other three men in a different section of Gleision Colliery, near Cilybebyll in the Swansea Valley.

He may have been trying to reach an exit used by miners who had earlier escaped, Chris Margetts, of Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue, said in a news conference at the scene.

A desperate rescue mission for the remaining men continues and emergency crews inching towards their position some 90m (295ft) underground remain "hopeful".

The trapped miners have been named as Charles Bresnan, 62, David Powell, 50, and Garry Jenkins, 39, all from the Swansea Valley, and Phillip Hill, 45, from Neath. Read More