FRIGHTFUL MINING ACCIDENT
THIRTY-SIX COAL MINERS
Dcnbdin, February 21.
Between 8 and 9 this morning the Kaitaagata Company's Coalmine at Kaitangata, CJutha district, exploded. Ed* ward Dunn, son of George Dunn, was at the time entering the drive with his horse. They were blown about 50 yards clear of the pit mouth, the boy being killed. There are some thirty-six men inside, and none of them are yet recovered. All available efforts are being made to get them out.
Immediately after the explosion Mr J, 8. Griff en, station master, despatched an engine for Dr Smith, of Balclutha. He was at the scene of the accident in twentyfive minutes. Great excitement prevailed. Later. Dr Smith arrived by special train, but the men are still enclosed, and rescuers can't get into the mine for fire damp, and debris.
Noon. One more dead body has been got. The rescuers are working hard.
Mr Farra, one of the Directors, living at Balclutha, telegraphed to Mr Horkins, Secretary to the Company, as follows : — " Kaitangata, 1.35 p.m. — Can you send 20 Green Island miners to-night, our miners are becoming exhausted.- Only eight bodies recovered as yet."
The official telegram from Constable Warren, sent at 1.40 p.m., says :— •" Eight bodies altogether are recovered. It is supposed about 28 are still in the mine. No hopes of any being alive."
Twelve men have been taken out of the pit dead. There were thirty-five in the mine, and there is hardly any hope of an y being found alive.
Kaitangata 1.30 p.m.
The scene at the pit mouth waa heartrending in the extreme, as the bodies were being brought out. Several men in the mine were new arrivals by the Wellington and only started work yesterday.
Twenty of the men in the mine are married.
The weeping ot the women and children is a lamentable scene.
Several bodies recovered are those of married men, with two, three, and four children.
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FRIGHTFUL MINING ACCIDENT, West Coast Times, Issue 3092, 22 February 1879
FRIGHTFUL MINING ACCIDENT West Coast Times, Issue 3092, 22 February 1879
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