Inquiry to be launched into latest mining death

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Minister within the Ministry of Natural Resources, Simona Broomes has been tasked by Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman, to immediately visit the Konawaruk Backdam, Potaro area to ascertain the circumstances leading to the death of miner Ramal Williams.

A release from the Natural Resources Ministry today stated that a Commission of Inquiry (COI) will also be launched to fully investigate the matter within seventy-two (72) hours.

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Following is the full statement issued by the Natural Resources Ministry:

It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Natural Resources learnt of the unfortunate mining pit accident which resulted in the death of 18-year old Ramal Williams. According to a police report, about 18:00hrs on Sunday, May 29, 2016, Williams of 58 Miles, Mabura Road, was working in a mining pit at Konawaruk Backdam, Potaro, when it allegedly collapsed; trapping him beneath.

Every effort was made to rescue and resuscitate Mr. Williams, but despite these efforts, he was pronounced dead on arrival at the Mahdia Hospital.

Minister within the Ministry of Natural Resources, Honorable Simona Broomes has been tasked by Minister of Natural Resources, Honourable Raphael Trotman, to immediately visit the area to ascertain the circumstances leading to the death of the miner.

The team will also include representatives from the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC). A Committee of Inquiry (COI) will also be launched to fully investigate the matter within seventy-two (72) hours.

The Ministry expresses its condolences to the family, colleagues, and friends of Mr. Williams.

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