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3 miners die in alleged noxious fume poisoning in Davao de Oro gold mining tunnel

TAGUM CITY — Three small-scale miners died after allegedly inhaling noxious gases whereas working inside a tunnel in a gold-rich village of Pantukan, Davao de Oro over the weekend, police on Sunday stated.

A report from Pantukan police station stated Jelbert Lastimado, 25; Ariel Jayson, 23; and Julito Torifiel, 25, all of Tibagon village of Pantukan city, died whereas working inside a gold mining shaft at Purok (neighborhood) 50 of the city’s Barangay Diat previous 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 11.

Police stated one of many victims had entered the tunnel forward of the others when he all of a sudden collapsed, prompting the 2 others to drag him out.

However they, too, suffocated and went down, in response to Employees Sgt. Lozano, Pantukan police investigator.

The victims’ our bodies had been retrieved hours after the incident.

Police are investigating the reason for the victims’ deaths.

Mining accidents are frequent in Pantukan and different gold-rich areas in Davao de Oro the place small-scale mining operations are rampant regardless of authorities efforts to manage these actions.

READ: 2 miners discovered lifeless in pit gap in Camarines Norte

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Rafael Gomes de Azevedo
Rafael Gomes de Azevedo
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