Third survivor rescued from collapsed goldmine in Abimbo, 5 still more trapped
A third survivor of Abimbo Goldmine collapse in Bondo has been rescued.
Two miners were rescued on Friday night, one of whom died, and the third was rescued today as part of the search for five more miners still trapped in the goldmine that collapsed on Thursday night, November 2.
Livingstone Odhiambo is fortunate to be alive after his near-death experience. He was one of the two people retrieved from the hole at 3am on Saturday.
“We were working and we were almost climbing up the hole when we heard woodblocks falling and immediately, we hurried to climb up the hole. I passed a few people on the way but upon nearing the exit it was already covered up with collapsed soil,” explained Livingstone.
For Livingstone, a block of wood is what held his head above preventing him from sinking further.
“That block of wood is what saved some space and held us up. A colleague wanted to remove it but I warned him telling him we would sink further and die,”
For his colleagues who managed to escape by a whisker before the mine caved in, everything appeared as a joke before the worst happened.
“When they told us it was time to leave, we refused and told them to turn back on the machine so we could continue working. But screams became louder and that is when we hurried to the top where we saw a chunk of sand falling into the hole as we climbed up,” said Victor Odhiambo a survivor.
The rescue teams have now turned to manual digging of the scene to prevent another collapse of the already weak soil.
More men have volunteered to assist in the rescue efforts that have since turned manual.