Drunk miner drowns in shaft!
A MAN from Nyamatani Village in Sanyati died when he fell into a waterlogged mine shaft about 15 metres deep and drowned.
Mashonaland West provincial police spokesperson Inspector Margret Chitove told H-Metro that the unfortunate incident happened on May 14, at Marongwe Mine in Nyamatai.
She said Mhlanhiso Manhovo, 51, went to his mining place while drunk.
The police spokesperson said the late Manhovo, was advised by his fellow workmates to be cautious due to his drunken state.
However, he never paid attention and he proceeded to the mine shaft looking for Faniboy Toworo, 55, who was working in one of the shafts.
The now deceased called out to Toworo not to leave him behind when going back home.
While Toworo was preparing to get out of the shaft he heard a splashing sound in one of the disused shafts.
“Toworo reacted swiftly and got out of the shaft and looked for his friend but he could not see him. He raised a red flag and other miners rushed to the disused shaft to check for him as they suspected that he could have drowned,” said Chitove.
She added: “His friend Toworo went and reported the incident at Sanyati police who attended to the scene. The water was drained from the shaft and his body was retrieved.”
Inspector Chitove urged employees who work in risky industries to put in place safety measures to prevent loss of life.
“As the police, we are concerned about the upsurge of people who are drowning in disused mine shafts. Let us preserve the sanctity of life,” said Chitove.
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