Zimbabwe Gold Miners Killed as Hoist Cage Plunges Into Water

Seven gold miners in Zimbabwe were killed when a hoist cage that was transporting them fell into a pool of water, according to the workers’ union.

Eleven others were injured in the June 9 incident at Golden Valley mine in Kadoma, 160 kilometers (99 miles) west of the capital, Harare, Tinago Ruzive, president of Associated Mine Workers Union of Zimbabwe, said by phone today.

“Their hoist cage plunged about 80 meters (262 feet) into a pool of water,” he said. “Operations at the mine have been suspended.”

In 2013, 35 people died in mining accidents in the southern African nation, which also produces diamonds, platinum and iron ore, according to the Chamber of Mines of Zimbabwe. Preliminary investigations haven’t established what happened, Tapererwa Pakwavaviri, a government official and regional mine engineer, told the state-run Herald newspaper. Calls made to his mobile phone and to Golden Valley Mine’s office in Kadoma, didn’t connect today.

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