Pit collapse kills two illegal miners

Two illegal miners lost their lives while others were rescued in a mining pit collapse incident at Darkokrom, a community in Atiwa East District of the Eastern Region.

The incident occurred at about 10:00 pm on Thursday.

The deceased, identified as Apim Larh, in his late 40s, and Simon, in his late 20s, with many others, were engaged in an illegal mining technique known as “Kolikoli” when the pit collapsed.

Witnesses reported that the pit they worked in lost stability, possibly due to extensive excavation activities, and ultimately collapsed on them.

Despite the swift response of volunteers in the community who managed to rescue some of the illegal miners, Larh and Simon were found lifeless in the rubble.

The bodies were transported to the Ankaase Morgue for preservation and autopsy.

Galamsey pit-related deaths have become characteristic of recent happenings.

Below are some recent incidents.

On March 18, 2024, a 25-year-old man, identified as Godfred Bobi, died in a galamsey pit at Denkyira Brofoyedu in the Central Region.

Information indicated that he and several other illegal miners entered the Galamsey site to mine for gold. However, it is unclear how Bobi fell into the pit, which was full of water.

On March 3, 2024, it was reported that three illegal miners died in a galamsey pit collapse at Kobriso Romanmu community in the Denkyembuor district of the Eastern Region.

The victims were Kwasi Darkwa, 24, Kofi Asante,  30, and Yaw Ibrahim, 39.

Again, on February 23, 2024, a 22-year-old man was reported dead after he fell into a deep galamsey pit, according to a police report.

Akpi Isaac was extremely weak after he was rescued from the pit and rushed to the hospital, but a doctor pronounced him dead.

Also, on February 14, 2024, the decomposing body of a young man was found in an abandoned galamsey pit near River Birim at Akyem Wenchi in the Eastern region.

The deceased, also known as Akoshi, was from Accra but lived in Akyem Asene in the Asene Manso Akroso district.

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