Gloria Coal Mine recovery mission suspended indefinitely

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The recovery mission at the Gloria Coal Mine in Middleburg, Mpumalanga has been suspended indefinitely.

The decision was taken yesterday after rescue teams sent underground returned empty handed. Last week Friday, recovery teams discovered thirteen bodies underground and at that time, it was believed that nine other people are unaccounted for.

The recovery mission was temporarily suspended due to the high level of methane gas. The mission resumed on Monday but thus far they haven’t found any more bodies.

Gloria Mine business rescue practitioner Mike Elliot says they have decided to suspend the mission for safety reasons.

“The rock falls out the roof all the time and we going to wait until the place is settled down and no more rock falls.- We will proceed to explore that area, so at this point time we stop trying to find the guys – we searched everywhere,” says Elliot

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