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Six Hours Entombed. I


Six Hours Entombed. I I TUMBLE MINERS' ESCAPE. I A TERRIBLE EXPERIENCE. I An accident which might have had disas- trous results occurred, at the Great Mountain Colliery, Tumble, which is owned by Messrs. J. Wad dell and Sons, on Monday. Four miners were entombed for about six house, but fortunately escaped unhurt. It appears that at 12 o'clock, while Daniel JBowen, Ponfyberem; David Rees, Tyhitian, :Minfoel; John Phillips, Adulam Row, Felin- toel; and William Lloyd, Cefneithin, Cross Hands, were engaged in working coal in the furthermost part of the Big Vein, they were startled by a deafening noise, and immedi- ately the air became charged with dust and gas. They soon discovered that the cause of this was a tremendous fall of debris in the Barry, about 20 yards from their working- place, which had shut them in. The thud was heard in the various districts of the colliery, and the vibration was dis- tinctly felt in some parts. Rescue parties hurried to the scene, and under the direction of the manager, Mr. John Davies, and the under-manager, Mr. William Jones, set about" the task of effecting the release of the four men. Fortunately, the airway was not dis- turbed to any appreciable extent, otherwise the lives of the entombed men would have been despaired of. It was realised that it would be hopeless to attempt to remove the debris in order to get at the men, and the I rescuers, who worked like Trojans, set about clearing the airway, along v hieh they encoun- tered many obstacles, falls having taken place as a result of what had occurred in the Barry. It was through the airway that the I entombed men eventually were reached and released. News of what had occurred spread through Tumble and. Felinfoel, and in the latter vil- lage there was considerable anxiety owing to the rumours that the men were buried under the debris; The men, although they naturally felt the suspense of being entombed for so many hours, looked none the worse for their experience. They were subsequently con- veyed to their homes in a waggon. John Phillips paid: "We wliiled away the time as best we could. Of coursc, we were none too sure that our escape would be I effected. There was an awful possibility of our being overcome by gas, but, luckily, suffi- cient space remained to allow of the passage of air. It was an experience I should not like to go through again."