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Impala Platinum Says Three Workers Died After Mud Rush Incident

  • Two miners rescued at Rustenburg shaft, taken to hospital
  • A fourth worker died at Impala’s operations on Saturday
File photo of the shaft 16 mine at the Impala's Rustenburg operations in March.
File photo of the shaft 16 mine at the Impala's Rustenburg operations in March.Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd. said three of five workers who went missing on Sunday after a mud rush at one of its mines in Rustenburg have died.

Two workers who were rescued are in a “serious but stable condition” in hospital, the Johannesburg-based platinum-group metals miner said in a statement Tuesday. Mining operations at No. 6 shaft remain suspended, the company said. The deaths raise the number of fatalities at Impala’s Rustenburg operations in recent days to four, after another incident at its number 16 shaft on Saturday killed a contract employee.