Miner dies after pit caves in at Kuribrong

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Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a man who reportedly died following a mining accident at Kuribrong Backdam, Region Eight (Potaro-Sipuaruni). The man was referred to as “Coolie”.

Based on information received, the now dead man was working in a mining pit when it reportedly caved in and he was pinned by a fallen tree.

The victim’s co-worker told Police that the man was employed by a 50-year-old gold miner of Haslington Housing Scheme, East Coast Demerara (ECD), as a pitman for just about five days.

The workers reported that on the day in question, the now dead man along with others were working in the mining pit when it caved in. As a result, “Coolie” was pinned by a tree that came crashing down.

He would have sustained injuries and was picked up by his colleagues and rushed to Mahdia Regional Hospital where he was seen and examined by a doctor on duty who pronounced him dead on arrival.

The body was further examined by Police and marks of violence were seen on the victim’s head and right foot.

The body was taken to the hospital’s mortuary awaiting a post-mortem. An investigation has been launched into the accident by the Guyana Police Force and the Natural Resources Ministry.