Plans To Rescue Richard Thole Trapped In Mine Shaft Delayed

It’s almost 2 weeks since Richard Thole fell into a disused mine shaft in Boksburg, South Africa and authorities still do not have a plan to get him out.

On Thursday, the SANDF said it would start the search once an assessment of the mine shaft had been completed after a rescue team failed to make any progress.

The SANDF, Masina, Mine Rescue Services and Ekurhuleni Disaster and Emergency Management Services were involved in the rescue effort, in the Jerusalem informal settlement.

Richard Thole fell into the shaft Saturday afternoon, February 25.

Ekurhuleni Disaster and Emergency Management Services’ spokesperson William Ntladi said heavy rock falls had delayed efforts to find Thole.

Last week, Mine Rescue Services sent a camera down the shaft three times. Each time it got caught between a pile of rocks on a ledge at a depth of 60m.

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