Chinese mine owner kills himself after deadly collapse

Mine owner commits suicide by jumping into mine while working together with rescue team

Photo by: AP (Archive )
Photo by: AP (Archive )

A trapped miner is rescued from a collapsed gypsum mine.

The owner of a Chinese gypsum mine which collapsed and left 1 people dead and 17 trapped, has killed himself after jumping into a well in an apparent suicide during rescue efforts, state media said.

Ma Congbo, president of Yurong Commerce and Trade Ltd. Co. was helping with rescue efforts on Sunday when he drowned himself by jumping into a mine.

Rescuers have saved 11 workers and recovered one body. Still no information about other 17 miners.

Over 700 rescuers are trying to save the workers after the accident in the eastern province of Shandong, and have drilled a hole in order to get to one of the places the workers have been trapped, in an attempt to bring them food and water.

Chinese authorities generally punish company managements and local work safety officials hard, including jail sentences, following major work safety disasters.

The cause of the the gypsum mine collapse is under investigation.

TRTWorld and agencies