PRESS RELEASE: Ministry of Natural Resources saddened by death of miner in mining pit collapse accident – Visit and Committee of Inquiry (COI) planned to fully investigate the matter.


Georgetown, Guyana (May 30, 2016)-It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Natural Resources learnt of the unfortunate mining pit accident which resulted in the death of 18-year old Ramal Williams.

According to a police report, about 18:00hrs on Sunday, May 29, 2016, Williams of 58 Miles, Mabura Road, was working in a mining pit at Konawaruk Backdam, Potaro, when it allegedly collapsed; trapping him beneath. Every effort was made to rescue and resuscitate Mr. Williams, but despite these efforts, he was pronounced dead on arrival at the Mahdia Hospital.

Minister within the Ministry of Natural Resources, Honorable Simona Broomes has been tasked by Minister of Natural Resources, Honourable Raphael Trotman, to immediately visit the area to ascertain the circumstances leading to the death of the miner. The team will also include representatives from the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC).

A Committee of Inquiry (COI) will also be launched to fully investigate the matter within seventy-two (72) hours.

The Ministry expresses its condolences to the family, colleagues, and friends of Mr. Williams.

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