• Short Summary

    Six miners were killed and twenty-five taken to hospital after an outburst of methane gas at Cynheidre Colliery, near Llanelli in South Wales on Tuesday.

  • Description

    Six miners were killed and twenty-five taken to hospital after an outburst of methane gas at Cynheidre Colliery, near Llanelli in South Wales on Tuesday.

    The men who died were suffocated when the pocket of gas burst through a rock fault into the underground road where they were working.

    The colliery, built by Germany mining teams and running beneath a picturesque Welsh valley, is owned by Britain's National Coal Board. The Board said many more miners could have died but for the prompt action of rescue teams who carried respirators into the mine.

    This was the third tragedy in recent years at the mine. Two members of a German mining team feel to their deaths when sinking shafts during construction work in 1955, and in June 1969 two miners were killed and another seriously injured in a roof fall.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADWK67J0XMIA6ECN51S9K5PNN1
    Media URN:
    VLVADWK67J0XMIA6ECN51S9K5PNN1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/04/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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