Death toll rises to four at South African gold mine

A mine operator, Sibanye-Stillwater, said that 10 of 13 miners trapped underground at its South African gold mine were rescued but four of the 10 have died from injuries.

The miners were trapped at the company’s Masakhane mine west of Johannesburg on Thursday after an earthquake caused a cave-in.

Five of 13 miners were rescued on Thursday but one of them had died.

Sibanye-Stillwater said in an updated statement that six of the rescued employees had been taken to hospital and another had been located, while two employees remain unaccounted for.

A further update will be provided when more information is available, it said.

South Africa is home to the world’s deepest mines.

More than 1,000 mineworkers were rescued after being trapped underground for more than 24 hours.


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