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    One Of Four Trapped Welsh Miners Found Dead

    Shocked that this story is not already being covered on here. It has been and remains to be by far the biggest news story in the UK over almost the past 24 hours.


    One of four men who were trapped in a flooded mine in South Wales has been found dead, police have said.


    The identity of the man, who was found by rescuers overnight, has not been established.
    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.
    The rescue mission for the miners continues and emergency crews inching towards their position some 90 metres (295ft) underground remain "hopeful".
    fire service: operation is difficult and complex


    Mr Margetts said the men's families remained "surprisingly positive" despite not knowing which miner has lost his life.
    "The miner that we found was in a different section of the mine, so he was basically on the exit side of the body of water," he said.
    "So therefore, the search and rescue mission continues because there are still air pockets on the other side of the body of water, and there's a blockage down there, that are yet to be searched."
    He said the teams were pumping up water, excavating the blockages and shoring
    up the tunnels.
    Water levels are receding after a major rescue operation continued through the night.


    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.
    Seven workers were in the drift mine at the time of the flash flood at around 9.20am on Thursday morning.
    Three other men made it to safety. They have been named locally as Mark Lloyd, 45, Malcolm Fifield and Andrew Powell, 23, who is said to be the son of David Powell, one of the trapped men.
    The small pit, believed to be part of a private mine, is located under a very steep hillside above the banks of the River Tawe.
    Local MP Peter Hain offered his sympathies to the miners' families. He said: "I've spoken to the families - they've gone through a small hell."
    Fresh rescue teams were brought in this morning to relieve crews who had worked strenuously for at least 12 hours straight.
    An expert listening device, which can detect movement deep underground, is the among the specialist kit being used.
    :: South Wales Police said a dedicated telephone line has been set up for members of the public to contact if they are concerned that relatives may have been involved.
    The number is 01792 555565.
    More to follow...


    Wales Mine Rescue: One Of Four Men Trapped In Colliery, Cilybebyll, Nr Swansea, Found Dead | UK News | Sky News


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    A sad ending. Poor sods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda
    A sad ending. Poor sods.
    Not much anyone else can say "arry" so ditto.

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    Brave men indeed, my condolences to their families. RIP.


    I have posted a few photo's of the surface rescue work in progress on the World News in Pictures thread if anyone wishes to view.

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    The mine is about twenty minutes drive from me. Three bodies have now been recovered and there is little real hope of finding the other miner alive.

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    Just been announced that the fourth miner has been found dead and his body recovered. News conference just revealed this .

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    It really is tragic all 4 dead now ,,, this area is allready blighted with unemployment and little hope ,, however they are a close knit mining community and will pull together to get through it all .

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    My Grandfather was a pitman in South East Lancashire. Still remember the "accidents and the waiting at the Pit Head. As a kid I was told I could be anything I wanted to be......apart from a coal miner. Hard, hard men doing an incredibly hard and dangerous job. Thoughts go to their families.

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    What makes this all the more tragic, and the men that much braver, is that they were not doing this work because it paid vast sums of money. Some people risk their lives every day just to feed their families and keep a roof over their heads.

    ...and bankers think they are taking risks.
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    I remember asking my dad once in the local swimming baths, why one guy was brown on one side of his body. He said it was a badge of honour. He was a face worker from the mine in the 18inch seams, lying in the water using his pick axe. For working men they goy paid well, but not that well.

    No amount of money would be enough to persuade me to do that for 8 hours a day.

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    Rest in peace boyos.

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