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Police Suspend Rescue Operation Harmony Shaft

May 25, 2012

(Corrects headline and first paragraph to say it was alleged that nine illegal miners died.)

Police suspended a rescue operation at Harmony Gold Mining Co.’s ARM shaft no. 2 near Welkom in South Africa after a camera didn’t detect any bodies underground.

Twenty-two people were rescued from the shaft and the effort has been suspended until further notice, the South African Police Service in the Free State province said in an e- mailed statement today. It was alleged that there were nine miners who had died underground, police said.

The first 10 miners who were rescued appeared in the Welkom Magistrates Court on charges of trespassing, with their bail- application hearing postponed to May 31. Another 12 people will appear on the same charges today, the police said.

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