Two trapped in British mine

27th September 2011, Comments 0 comments

Two miners have become trapped underground at a colliery in northern England, the emergency services said Tuesday as they tried to rescue them.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service said emergency crews were sent to the Kellingley Colliery, outside the town of Knottingley, after receiving an emergency call at 4:51 pm (1551 GMT).

It came less than two weeks after four miners died when they became trapped by flash flooding at the Gleision Colliery in Cilybebyll, south Wales.

"We have reports of two people underground at a colliery in Knottingley," an ambulance spokeswoman told AFP.

"We've got our hazardous area response team at the scene and a specialist team of ambulance staff trained to work underground.

"We've got ambulances, doctors, an incident scene manager and we're working very closely with our emergency service colleagues at the scene."

The colliery, operated by private firm UK Coal, is the largest remaining deep mine in Yorkshire.

Its two main shafts are almost 800 metres (2,600 feet) deep. One shaft is used by miners, while the other transports coal. The pit supplies local power plants and produces some coal for domestic use.

Mining accidents are rare in Britain following the rapid decline of the industry in the 1970s and 1980s.

© 2011 AFP

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