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Volunteers called out to Welsh mining incident

16 September 2011

Volunteers discuss an incident with a fireman© InfoVolunteers are on hand to offer support to the families of four miners trapped 300ft underground after a coal mine tunnel in South Wales collapsed and flooded yesterday.

The flooding disaster occurred early on 15 September at Gleision Colliery near Cilybebyll, Pontardawe. One of the four miners was found dead this morning, but hopes remain that the other three men are still alive.

Following the incident, the Red Cross was called out to provide support at an emergency rest centre set up at the community hall in the nearby village of Rhos.

Community resilience

Overnight, our teams of emergency response volunteers and staff also delivered blankets and pillows to the centre to cater for the families of the miners.

Simon Lewis, head emergency planning and response, said: “We have witnessed a laudable spirit of community resilience as families, friends and colleagues of the trapped miners have been commendably supportive of each other under agonisingly anxious times. 

“The Red Cross remains at the site and ready to offer emotional support and practical help if and when required.”

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