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Underground rescuers have finally recovered the body of a mining team leader who became trapped in a groundfall in a Free State mine, a Gold Fields spokesman said yesterday.
Titos Milane, a team leader, and his colleague, surveyor Sipho Dlamini, became trapped in a stope - a confined underground mining enclave - during a rockfall 750 metres below the surface at Beatrix Mine's number one shaft on March 4.
Dlamini was eased out of the stope after 22 hours and, though he appeared to be physically unscathed, was sent home to KwaZulu-Natal to recover from his ordeal, said Gold Fields spokesman Andrew Davidson.
But Milane did not survive the rockfall. The mine later suspended the removal of his remains because it was considered dangerous for the rescue team.
The search was later resumed and the team spent the Easter weekend removing tons of rock by hand, frequently stopping to support the surrounding area.
Milane's body was finally removed on Monday night and will be repatriated to his family in Mozambique once a postmortem has been completed.
"While we are relieved that Milane's body has been recovered after extensive and often exhaustive efforts by proto team members, we are deeply saddened by the loss of a colleague," Davidson said.
The company expressed gratitude to the team who worked in difficult conditions to find his body. - Sapa