The Gloria mine forms part of the Optimum Coal assets bought by the Gupta family in 2016. They were put into business rescue early in 2018.
Several illegal miners were trapped underground after a gas explosion on February 6 while they were stripping cables at the mine‚ which has been closed for several months.
Initially‚ the bodies of five miners were recovered. It is unclear how many miners are still trapped underground.
Elliot would not comment on whether the remaining trapped illegal miners were still alive.
"I would not take a guess on human life. There was a massive explosion in this area and when there is an explosion‚ it is extremely hot.
"There is a huge amount of blast pressure and soon as the gases explode‚ the oxygen is gone‚" he added.
- TMG Digital