[ 2012-07-04 ]
3 illegal miners die in pit collapse
Three illegal miners have reportedly died at Hiawa
in the Amanfi West District of the Western
The miners died when the pit in which they were
working caved in on them.
Crime Officer in charge of Prestea Huni-Valley
District ASP Emmanuel Nuirisor told the Ghana News
Agency that the deceased were resting on top of
the pit during a heavy downpour when it suddenly
caved in, trapping them to death.
It took the police about four hours to retrieve
the bodies of Kwame Afedzi, 29; Yaw Sarpon, 27,
and Yaw Berbako, 35, from the pit.
ASP Nuirisor said the bodies of the deceased have
since been retrieved and deposited at the Wassa
Akropong government hospital morgue for autopsy.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Lands and Natural
Resources, Mr Mike Hammah, has directed that all
excavators used by galamsey operators in the
Western Region be confiscated immediately.
That, the minister said, would halt the
devastating effects of their operations on the
environment and the diversion of water bodies in
He gave the directive when he and some board
members of the Minerals Commission paid a surprise
visit to some of the illegal mining areas in the
Source - RadioXYZonline.
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