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Authorities find 6 bodies in Guyana mining accident; 4 still missing

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Rescue crews in Guyana have recovered the bodies of six miners who had been missing since an open-pit gold mine collapsed in the South American country.

Police said Tuesday that authorities are still searching for four other miners. They said crews are digging despite heavy rains and mud to recover bodies buried up to 20 feet (6 metres) in the pit.

The collapse occurred Sunday in the remote southern Potaro-Siparuni Region near the border with Brazil. Seven other miners were injured and taken to the hospital.

Miners Association President Patrick Harding said the group will meet to talk about safety issues and the role of officials charged with supervising mining operations.