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Welsh mine rescue: Third Gleision miner found dead

  • 9-16-2011

A third miner has been confirmed as dead as the search continues for one more man still trapped in a Swansea Valley colliery.

The men became trapped 90m (295ft) below in the flooded Gleision Colliery near Pontardawe on Thursday morning.

They are Charles Breslin, 62; David Powell, 50; Garry Jenkins, 39; and Phillip Hill, 45. None of the bodies have been recovered.

Police said their families were in a state of "extreme grief".

Three other miners managed to escape as the flood water engulfed the drift mine when a retaining wall holding back a body of water underground failed.

Two of them have been assisting rescuers, while another was being treated in hospital.

Supt Phil Davies of South Wales Police said: "All our sympathy goes out to the families in what is an incredibly difficult situation," he said.

"I will reiterate the fact that this is still an ongoing search and rescue operation and all emergency services are fully committed to getting these miners out as soon as possible."

He added: "There is a lot of emotion here, this is a passionate rescue attempt, we care about these people."

The body of one miner was located at the bottom of the main shaft at Cilybebyll in the early hours of Friday and has now been recovered.

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