Two persons operating illegally in a mining pit at Wassa Adiembra in the Western Region reportedly died when a hill near the pit collapsed on them.
One other person who was also mining in the illegal pit was injured severely.
The sad incident occurred last week at about 3:00pm and names of the deceased had been given as Kofi China, 30; and Gyakut, 26, while the injured victim’s name was also given as Yenu Kwaw, 26.
The lifeless bodies of the two deceased persons have since been deposited at the Wassa Akropong Hospital morgue.
According to eye witnesses, the mine site was located at a hilly area but part had been excavated by the galamsey operators to enable them to gain easy access.
They said the three illegal miners were on their routine galamsey expedition when the hill which had developed some cracks for sometime caved in, killing the two and injuring the other.
According to the residents, the victims remained under the rubble for over two hours before a rescue operation was staged to clear the debris in order to rescue the surviving victim.
After digging for some hours, Yenu Kwaw was rescued but had all his legs broken and was rushed to the Wassa Akropong Government Hospital for initial treatment before being transferred to the Tekyiman Hospital for further treatment.
The rescue exercise was supervised by the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) in the Wassa Amenfi East Municipality.
Management of NADMO advised the galamseyers to desist from engaging in the illegal act and rather try to register with the Community Mining programme so their activities could be supervised properly.
He bemoaned the fact the even though the government had banned illegal mining activities in Ghana, some recalcitrant persons continued to engage in it.
From Emmanuel Opoku, Takoradi