Operation To Rescue 2 Miners

One of two miners trapped in a roof collapse at Kellingley Colliery, North Yorkshire, has died, the other miner has been rescued, UK Coal has said.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service said ambulance teams and the hazardous response unit went to the colliery, after receiving an emergency call at 4.51pm.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said it was responding to a collapse in the mine.

The colliery, which is operated by UK Coal , is the largest remaining deep mine in Yorkshire.

It has two main shafts which are almost 800m (2624ft) deep. Only one of the shafts is used by miners, the other is used to transport coal.

Kellingley colliery supplies local power stations and produces some household coal.

The rescue operation follows the tragedy in south Wales earlier this month when four miners died following the flooding of the Gleision Colliery in Cilybebyll, Pontardawe.

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