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Indonesia mine collapse death toll rises to 17

Last Updated: Monday, May 20, 2013 - 19:33

Timika (Indonesia): Rescuers have recovered three more bodies from a collapsed underground room at a giant US-owned gold and copper mine in Indonesia, bringing the confirmed death toll to 17.

Mine officials say 11 others are believed buried under the rubble.

The Big Gossan underground training facility at the PT Freeport Indonesia mine collapsed last week when 38 workers were undergoing safety training. Ten injured miners were rescued.

The company said in a statement on Monday that recovery efforts were continuing around the clock.

Mining operations at the Grasberg mine, owned by Phoenix, Arizona-based Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold Inc, have been suspended since the accident to pay respects to the victims and to concentrate on the recovery effort.


First Published: Monday, May 20, 2013 - 19:33

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