Two of the four men trapped in a flooded Swansea Valley mine yesterday have died.
Police confirmed that the body of a miner who was found dead this morning at Gleision Colliery has now been recovered by rescue services. A spokesperson for South Wales Police said a second miner was found deceased at 12:15pm. He was discovered in a different area to the first miner. Efforts to rescue the two missing men are on-going.
The families of the four men have been notified, however they still do not know if their loved ones are among the two deceased miners.
Emergency services are committed to getting the miners out as soon as possible, according to police. The search and rescue operation ongoing.
Access has been gained into the main shaft of the mine at the bottom, though progress is slow, according to the search and rescue operation.
Water levels are good within the mine; the issue now is debris.
Police named the four miners trapped underground yesterday as:
- Phillip Hill, 45, Neath
- Charles Bresnan, 62, Swansea Valley
- David Powell, 50, Swansea Valley
- Garry Jenkins, 39, Swansea Valley
The rescue operation began when emergency services were called yesterday at 9:21am to Gleision Colliery in the Swansea Valley. Since then, the effort has been non stop to rescue the miners.
The miners were trapped in a drift mine, meaning the entry is on the side of an incline. A flood of water trapped four of the seven miners inside the mine.
Two miners escaped unharmed and continue to aid in the rescue. One miner escaped but remains in critical condition in Morriston Hospital.
Police confirm second man found dead as rescue efforts continue (From the ITV News YouTube channel)