Miner dies as mining pit collapses

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Bertie John Williams, aged 49 years of Essex Street, New Amsterdam, Berbice died after the mining he was working in collapsed at White Hole Backdam, Potaro.

Enquiries revealed that Williams was employed as a pitman at a mining operation in the area. On Sunday around 10:45hrs Williams and other colleagues were in the pit working, when a portion of the pit’s wall caved in covering Williams whilst the other workers managed to escape to safety.

The lifeless body of the man was later recovered and taken to the Mahdia Regional Hospital, where an official pronouncement of death was given. The body of the deceased is at the Hospital’s mortuary as investigations continue

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