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Miners, 32 and 44, killed after mining pit caved in at Kumung Kumung Backdam

The area, where the mining pit caved in [Photo: Guyana Police Force]

An investigation has been launched into a mining pit accident at Kumung Kumung Backdam, Puruni River, which claimed the lives of two miners, ages 32 and 44, on Friday last.

Dead is Troy Scott of Linden, Region Ten, and Seon Martin of Lethem, Region Nine. The incident occurred at about 15:30h.

According to the Guyana Police Force’s (GPF) Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), the men were employed by a businessman of Rahaman’s Park, East Bank Demerara (EBD), and were working on his 6 feet land dredge in Kumung Kumung Backdam.

The CCU said that Martin, who is the General Manager (GM) of the operation, was using the jetting hose while Scott was operating the marrock hose in the mining pit, which is about 25 feet in depth, when it caved in, trapping them beneath.

“The other workers were able to escape unhurt. They then joined and dug Seon and Troy from beneath the overburden by which time they had succumbed,” the CCU noted in a statement.

The bodies were escorted to the Bartica Hospital the following day. It was examined, and multiple abrasions were seen on both bodies. They were then taken to the Memorial Funeral Parlor for a Post Mortem Examination (PME).

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