Body of another miner recovered in Siirt mine disaster
SİİRTThe body of another miner was recovered on Dec. 10 after a mine collapse in the Şirvan district of Turkey’s southeastern province of Siirt on Nov. 17, Doğan News Agency has reported.
Halil Başer, 27, was one of the last two miners among 16 trapped underground after the collapse at the Madenköy copper mine.
Başer’s body was later transferred to Siirt State Hospital.
Search and rescue teams are still working to locate the remaining miner identified as İbrahim Kılınç.
On Dec. 7, a local court in Siirt ordered the arrest of the mine’s permanent supervisors identified only as S.G. and B.K. as a part of the ongoing investigation into the disaster, bringing the total number of arrests in the probe to seven.
Deputy operating manager identified only as İ.M.M however had been released on probation.
Another four suspects, including occupational safety specialists identified only as M.K. and S.K., chief engineer S.K. and site manager K.Y. were arrested on Dec. 6.
On Nov. 19, the court had initially arrested Mehmet Oğuz, the mine’s operating manager.
Heavy rain reportedly triggered a landslide that buried 16 miners working at the Madenköy copper mine on Nov. 17.
The Madenköy mine is run by Park Elektrik, a member of the Ciner Group, which has operated the facility since 2006.