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3 Benguet pocket miners die from gas poisoning

/ 06:49 PM November 23, 2016
An example of a small-scale mining tunnel in Itogon, Benguet (INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/ RICHARD BALONGLONG)

An example of a small-scale mining tunnel in Itogon, Benguet (INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/ RICHARD BALONGLONG)

BAGUIO CITY — Three pocket miners died from gas poisoning inside a tunnel in Benguet’s Itogon town on Tuesday (Nov. 22), a belated Cordillera police report here stated.

Rosalino Api-it Narciza, 54, was pulled out dead from his private mine tunnel at Sitio Fatima, Ucab village.

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Barry Rimando Api-it, 36, and Santiago Falikao Banganan, 32, who followed inside to rescue Narciza also died.

Narciza entered the tunnel at 11 a.m. to retrieve equipment but did not come out.

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Api-it, Narciza’s nephew, followed to check on his uncle but never emerged, prompting Banganan, from a neighboring tunnel, to attempt a rescue using a blower to remove the gas. Banganan succumbed to the gas.

Rescuers extracted Banganan who was declared dead at 3:30 p.m. The remains of Api-it and Narciza were recovered minutes later.  SFM

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TAGS: Accident, accidental death, Barry Rimando Api-it, Benguet, gas poisoning, Itogon municipality, miners, Mining, mining gas poisoning, pocket miners, poisoning, private mining tunnel, Rosalino Api-it Narciza, Santiago Falikao Banganan
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