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Miners trapped after power cut.
Posted: 01/02/2018 17:35:56
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Sorry about the source.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5340413/950-trapped-gold-South-Africa-power-cut.html
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Posted: 02/02/2018 07:56:17
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South Africa gold mine: All 955 trapped workers freed

They had been trapped underground since a power cut struck on Wednesday night.

"Everybody's out," said James Wellsted, a spokesman for the operating firm Sibanye-Stillwater. He said there were "cases of dehydration and high blood pressure but nothing serious"
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-42914132
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Posted: 02/02/2018 08:09:07
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Would a 3,000 foot shaft not be equipped with a ladder way? I know it would be a long climb, but surely it would be better than being stuck at the bottom for so long. I'm sure Cornish miners regularly climbed from depths of up to 2,000 feet as part of their daily routine.

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Posted: 02/02/2018 09:26:04
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Actually its 3000 metres not feets (whatever they are) IP: 31.200.146.37
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Posted: 02/02/2018 10:46:56
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I must admit I'm a little surprised there wasn't a generator to keep the ventilation going at least.

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Posted: 02/02/2018 11:02:19
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crickleymal wrote:

I must admit I'm a little surprised there wasn't a generator to keep the ventilation going at least.


From BBC story.

"They had been trapped underground since a power cut struck on Wednesday night, and back-up generators failed to work."
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Posted: 02/02/2018 12:53:08
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Minegeo wrote:

Actually its 3000 metres not feets (whatever they are)


Or possibly not, according to the Sibanye-Stillwater press release (https://thevault.exchange/?get_group_doc=245/1517545811-Sibanye-StillwatersafelybringsBeatrixemployeestosurfaceafterpoweroutage2Feb2018.pdf) 64 were trapped at 1 shaft, 272 at 4 shaft and 955 at 3 shaft.
According to http://www.goldfields.com/reports/rr_2009/tech_beatrix.php ,
1 is 913m, 3 is 1447m and 4 has a total depth (surface shaft & sub-shaft) of 2200m

Mind these are 2009 figures...



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Posted: 02/02/2018 13:35:18
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Heres some up to date info about the mine.
https://www.sibanyestillwater.com/our-business/southern-africa/gold/beatrix/overview
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Posted: 02/02/2018 15:31:12
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I love the way that it is described as a shallow to intermediate depth operation...

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Posted: 02/02/2018 16:17:37
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I worked on a gold mine in SA about 20 years ago and worked about 2800m underground. 2200m isn’t really deep with regards to gold mines (but is actually quite deep!) IP: 149.254.234.64
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Posted: 02/02/2018 20:08:58
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wheldale wrote:

I worked on a gold mine in SA about 20 years ago and worked about 2800m underground. 2200m isn’t really deep with regards to gold mines (but is actually quite deep!)


I bet that was hot!

What were the walls like? Did you get a lot of bursts?

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Posted: 03/02/2018 10:25:10
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I worked at West Driefontein gold mine. Temperatures ranged from 25-40 degrees. Hanging walls was ok, had the odd burst now and again. The nearby Kloof mine had many more bursts than we did. IP: 94.0.73.101
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Posted: 03/02/2018 10:50:02
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wheldale wrote:



....had the odd burst now and again.



Wall bursts, on a much slower and less violent scale, in Welsh slate mines. Oakley / Cwm DE Floor springs to mind!

Sorry, Off Topic

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