Rustenburg – The body of one of two miners trapped underground at Impala Platinum’s mine in Rustenburg, North West, has been found, the company said on Thursday.
“This is a tragic loss for everybody and our heartfelt condolences are with the families of our colleagues,” Implats CEO Terence Goodlace said in a statement. A search and rescue team found the body on Thursday. It could however not be recovered yet as it was in an unstable area.
Efforts to find the second missing miner were continuing.
The two were trapped underground at the mine’s 1 Shaft after a rock fall on Tuesday.
According to reports, seven other miners working in the same area got out unharmed.
The families of the two workers had been receiving support from the mine, the mineral resources department, and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction union.
They had asked that the identities of the miners not be made public.