December 11, 2023



Linden man, one other die in mining pit accident

the area in Kumung Kumung backdam where the mining incident occurred

Region Seven ranks are investigating a mining incident that resulted in the death of two miners — Troy Scott, a 44-year-old male from Linden and Seon Martin, a 32-year-old male from Lethem.

The incident occurred at about 15:30 hrs on Friday at Kumung Kumung Backdam, Puruni River.

Investigation thus far revealed that the two deceased men were employed by one Rhyburn Elcock, a 42-year-old Miner/ Businessman of Rahaman’s Park, EBD on his 6” Land Dredge in Kumung Kumung Backdam.

At about the time mentioned above, Seon Martin, who was the GM for the operation, was operating the Jetting hose while Troy Scott was operating the Marrock hose in the mining pit which is about 25 feet in depth when suddenly the land caved-in, trapping them beneath.

The other workers were able to escape unhurt. They then joined and dug Seon and Troy from beneath the overburden by which time they had succumbed.

The bodies were brought to Bartica Hospital on Saturday where they were pronounced dead. The bodies were examined and multiple abrasions were seen on both bodies. They were then escorted to the Memorial Funeral Parlor for PME.

Statements were taken, and investigation in progress.