BENGKULU – On behalf of Mulyadi (38), a resident of Air Kopras Village, Pinang Belapis District, Lebong Regency, Bengkulu, a traditional gold miner suffered yet another tragic end.
He was injured after falling from a 25-meter-deep hole in the merk Martil Hole (Lobang 9) in the Lebong Tambang village area of the North Lebong sub-district. He needed to be taken to the puskesmas right away. Residents learned about this occurrence on Tuesday, September 20 at around 21:45 WIB.
The information gathered indicates that the incident started when the victim wanted to perform a routine task there. Then, a catastrophe was caused by these typical miners’ actions.
Unfortunately, the worn wood that was being used as a ladder in the hole abruptly shattered.
Because of this, the victim who was climbing the wood fell to a depth of 25 meters, where his body was buried beneath the pile of wood and the debris from the material.
The Lebong Regency Regional Disaster Management Agency’s Rapid Response Team (TRC) will also visit the location after receiving the report in order to remove the victims.
When visiting the scene of the accident last night, Tuesday (20/9/2022), Acting Chief Executive of the Regional Disaster Management Agency of Lebong Regency, Tantomi said, “The situation fell into a hole because the wood of the stairs was a bit rotten.” Tantomi spoke through the Head of Prevention and Preparedness, Hendra.
The victim left his wife at around 10:00 WIB to travel to the Lebong mine to dig traditional gold without carrying any supplies from home, and he left using his motorbike, according to the North Lebong Police Chief Iptu Subkhan and Lebong Police Chief AKBP Awilzan.
The victim had not yet arrived home from the gold mining activities at 17.00 WIB, nevertheless.
After that, his wife requested that her family search the area for the victim. At around 19.00 WIB, the family discovered the victim dozing in the hole where they had been searching for gold.
He stated, “It is believed that the victim slipped and fell into the hole from a height of about 25 meters.” (Mr. Efri)