Rescued Miners in South Africa Face Charges

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At least 21 miners in South Africa who were trapped in an abandoned mine shaft and later rescued face charges of illegal mining, authorities said Monday. An unknown number remain underground refusing to come out for fear of being arrested. (Feb. 17)

SHOTLIST:

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Johannesburg - 17 February, 2014

1. Wide of miner in pink T-shirt emerging from mine shaft

2. Mid of miner crawling out, pull out to other miners and emergency staff members

3. SOUNDBITE: (English) Sugan Moodley, Emergency services spokesperson: (see script)

4. Mid of miner drinking water and speaking to ambulance crew

5. Wide of miners being treated by ambulance crew and medical team

6. Close of miner being treated by medical team

7. Close-up of mine shaft

8. SOUNDBITE: (English) Sugan Moodley, Emergency services spokesperson: (see script)

9. Mid of ambulance crew speaking to miner seated in van

10. Mid of miner standing at the entrance to mine

11. Mid of miners sitting on grass

12. Mid of miners entering ambulance and closing door

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:

AT LEAST 21 MINERS IN SOUTH AFRICA WHO WERE TRAPPED AND LATER RESCUED FROM AN ABANDONED MINE SHAFT FACE CHARGES OF ILLEGAL MINING.

MORE REMAIN UNDERGROUND...REFUSING TO COME UP FOR FEAR OF BEING ARRESTED.

SOUNDBITE (English):

"The current group that we're supposed to extricate plus or minus the ten have disappeared."

THE TEN MINERS RESCUED TODAY WERE IN GOOD HEALTH.

YET THEY DIDN'T GIVE INFORMATION ABOUT THE MINERS THAT STILL REMAIN UNDERGROUND.

"There's lots of people underneath, however in the hole that we were doing our extrication from, there were 15 odd."

PENALTIES FOR ILLEGAL MINING INCLUDE FINES AND PRISON TIME IN SOME CASES.

BUT IT STILL REMAINS COMMON IN SOUTH AFRICA, A MAJOR PRODUCER OF GOLD AND PLATINUM.

SALIM ESSAID, ASSOCIATED PRESS

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