Bertie John Williams, 49, of Essex Street, New Amsterdam, Berbice died last week at White Hole Backdam, Potaro in a suspected pit cave-in.

Enquiries revealed that Williams was employed as a pitman at a mining operation in the area. On October 24 around 10:45hrs, Williams and other colleagues were in the pit working, when a portion of the pit’s wall caved in covering the now-dead man. Other workers managed to escape to safety.

The lifeless body of the man was later recovered and taken to the Mahdia Regional Hospital, where an official pronouncement of death was given.

The body is at the Hospital’s mortuary as investigations continue.


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