4 Die In ‘Galamsey’ Pit

Four
people believed to be illegal miners also called ‘galamsey’ operators have met
their untimely deaths at Obengkrom in the Ellembelle District of the Western
Region.

They
were said to be working inside a deep pit when it
suddenly caved in, trapping them to their deaths.

The
sad incident reportedly occurred at about 10pm on Monday and the names of the
deceased persons (two males and two females) were given only as Braimah, 37; Kaabi,
30, Mediase, 28, and Monica, 27.

According
to sources, the four lifeless bodies were retrieved from the pit with the
assistance of some residents of the area when the news broke that they had been
trapped.

Eyewitnesses
said six people had gone to the ‘galamsey’ pit in search of gold as they have
been doing with others, but the four were not lucky on that fateful day.

They
claimed that when the pit caved in, two men managed to climb up to safety
albeit with serious injuries but the others were trapped.

The
lifeless bodies of the four persons have since been deposited at the Axim
Government Hospital for autopsy.

Confirming
the story, the Ellembelle District Police Commander, Supt. Thomas Bayor, said
the police were informed about the sad incident at about 11pm.

He told DAILY GUIDE that the police were yet to get the full names of the deceased persons and said the issue was under investigation.

From Emmanuel Opoku, Takoradi

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