At the moment, it cannot be confirmed how long the rescue will take, however, Provincial media spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi has confirmed the following:
“The total count of people currently underground cannot be confirmed at this point in time, however, two people have been recovered by some of the survivors themselves. One of the two people retrieved from the shaft has been confirmed dead, and four others are stuck at the shaft entrance.”
According to information attained by www.mobserver.co.za, proto teams went down to recover the four bodies at the entrance on Wednesday evening, however, it cannot be confirmed whether they are alive.
Due to the fact that the cables providing electricity to the ventilation system have been stolen, the concentration of gas buildup within the shaft is currently too high for entry.
The suspected area where the people are trapped is too far underground for a recovery, and electricity will have to be restored before search and rescue teams can enter.
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