Australian gold miners rescued

Dozens of miners use shelters after an underground fire trapped them.

    Thousands of people travel to Western Australia 
    each year to work in the mines

    "They're hoping to get the truck out tonight and they're looking to have the operations up and running by the morning."

    Kanowna Belle, 20km north-east of the mining town of Kalgoorlie, is said to contain 14 million ounces of gold.

    Dangerous work 

    In 2006, 17 miners were working in the Beaconsfield gold mine on the southern Australian island of Tasmania when it collapsed.

    Fourteen escaped, one was killed, and the remaining two were rescued after surviving for two weeks about one kilometre underground.

    Mining accidents in China and South Africa killed at least 40 people this month.

    Sixteen Chinese coal miners were found dead after being trapped underground for more than 30 hours, while South African police recovered the dead bodies of 23 miners after a fire in a gold mine.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Double standards: 'Why aren't we all with Somalia?'

    Double standards: 'Why aren't we all with Somalia?'

    More than 300 people died in Somalia but some are asking why there was less news coverage and sympathy on social media.

    The life and death of Salman Rushdie, gentleman author

    The life and death of Salman Rushdie, gentleman author

    The man we call 'Salman Rushdie' today is not the brilliant author of the Satanic Verses, but a Picassoesque imposter.

    The Beirut Spy: Shula Cohen

    The Beirut Spy: Shula Cohen

    The story of Shula Cohen, aka The Pearl, who spied for the Israelis in Lebanon for 14 years.