Tuesday 9 December 2014

Two rescued from disused mine in Ceredigion, Wales.

Two men described as being in their seventies were rescued from the disused Bwlch Glas Mine near Talybont in Ceredigion, Mid Wales, at about 5.45 pm GMT on Saturday 6 December 2014. The two men were apparently exploring the mine when they got into trouble and called for assistance. Rescuers from the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service from Aberystwyth and Machynlleth took part in the rescue, allong with members of the Mines Rescue Service and the Brecon Mountian Rescue Team. The men were checked over at the surface by paramedics from the Welsh Ambulance Service; neither is thought to have sustained serious injuries.

 Rescue workers at the Bwlch Glas Mine on Saturday 6 December. Mid Wales Fire and Rescue Service.

The Bwlch Glas Mine was worked between 1882 and 1923, producing pyromorphite, a form of lead ore. The mine was initially excavated allong a vein that outcropped at the surface, but was was aquired by the Scottish Cardigan Lead Mining Company in 1909, who constructed a processing plant, and opened up several different levels of excavation. It is a popular location with mine explorers.

A mine explorer in the Bwlch Glas Mine in June 2013. The Kwan.

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