Two miners, wanted after Thursday’s accident in the Mysłowice-Wesoła mine, are dead. The information was confirmed by the president of Mysłowice, Dariusz Wójtowicz. At a depth of 665 meters underground, the roof rocks collapsed. Two other miners managed to get to the surface. One of them left on his own, the other needed help.
The accident at the Mysłowice-Wesoła mine in Mysłowice in Silesia occurred on Thursday after 4 p.m. at one of the mining walls. The Higher Mining Office in Katowice reported that there was a collapse in the longwall working at the level of 665 meters.
Two battered miners managed to get to the surface, two others, covered with ceiling rocks, were wanted.
“Our thoughts are with the families and relatives of the victims”
Shortly before 8 p.m., the president of Mysłowice, Dariusz Wójtowicz, announced that the miners were dead. “The tragedy in the Mysłowice-Wesoła mine” – he wrote on Facebook. “Our thoughts are with the families and relatives of the victims. I would like to pay tribute to the miners – their hard work and dedication – and also pay tribute to the rescue teams,” he added.
During a meeting with journalists in front of the mine, Wójtowicz stated that the city was ready to provide financial and psychological assistance to the families of deceased miners.
The victims are men aged less than 50 and 33 years old. The first – an employee with over 30 years of combined experience – has worked in the Mysłowice mine for 12 years, the second for almost 11 years.
Rajmund Horst, vice president of the management board for production of Polska Grupa Górnicza, who was on site, said that the other two injured miners “feel well”. – They are under the care of doctors. One is in the hospital in Ochojec (Katowice district, where the Upper Silesian Medical Center is located – ed.), And one in the hospital in Sosnowiec. – One of the workers left the embankment on his own, one was transported. Two employees were completely buried – he described.
Horst specified that the accident took place at the intersection of the longwall sidewalk with the wall number 411.
Mine rescuers, rescuers from the Central Mine Rescue Station in Bytom and the District Mine Rescue Station in Jaworzno worked for several hours on site.
The causes and circumstances of the accident are explained by the District Mining Office in Katowice under the supervision of the State Mining Authority. The prosecutor’s office will also investigate the case.
The Mysłowice-Wesoła hard coal mine was established in 2007. The entire mining plant is located in Mysłowice and Katowice. The mine employs over 3,200 miners.
Last year, 16 people died in mining (including nine in coal mines), compared to 23 fatalities in 2019.
Main photo source: PAP / Andrzej Grygiel