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* Trapped gem miners in Sri Lanka found dead
Mon, Dec 23, 2013, 01:30 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 23, Ratnapura: The two gem miners, who were trapped underground in a gem mine that collapsed in the gem mining town of Sri Lanka were found dead today, the police said.

The two men got trapped yesterday afternoon about 30 feet underground when the gem mine in Angammana, Ratnapura collapsed and flooded with water.

The rescue operations conducted by the Ratnapura Fire Brigade yesterday failed to rescue the two men before they drowned in the flooded mine.

Local media reported that the mine collapsed at yesterday afternoon and a voluntary group attempted to rescue the men under directions by the Ratnapura Police.

However, when they managed to remove the soil and water and reached the men early this morning they were found dead, the police said.

The victims have been identified as a 39-year-old resident of Angammana North and a 49-year-old from Lellupitiya, Sannasgama, and local Ada Derana reported.

The bodies have been placed at the mortuary of the Ratnapura Hospital.

Ratnapura Police are conducting investigations and postmortem examinations are scheduled to be carried out today.

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