The Gleision mining disaster

A timeline of how the terrible events in the Swansea Valley mine of Gleision unfolded.
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(2) A major operation involving police, fire, mountain and cave rescue and Mines Rescue experts is launched to find the trapped men. South Wales Police superintendent Phil Davies says emergency services are conducting a "difficult rescue operation".

A major operation involving police, fire, mountain and cave rescue and Mines Rescue experts is launched to find the trapped men. South Wales Police superintendent Phil Davies says emergency services are conducting a "difficult rescue operation".

(1) At 9.20am on Thursday, September 15, emergency services are called to the Gleision colliery in the Swansea Valley. Seven men were working 300ft underground when the small drift mine was engulfed by flood water. Three men managed to scramble to safety - their four colleagues are trapped.

(1) At 9.20am on Thursday, September 15, emergency services are called to the Gleision colliery in the Swansea Valley. Seven men were working 300ft underground when the small drift mine was engulfed by flood water. Three men managed to scramble to safety - their four colleagues are trapped.

(4) Garry Jenkins, aged 39.

(4) Garry Jenkins, aged 39.

(9) Among the people visiting the anxious families who have gathered at Rhos Community Centre is the Archbishop of Wales, Barry Morgan, himself the son of a miner from Gwaun cae Gurwen.

Among the people visiting the anxious families who have gathered at Rhos Community Centre is the Archbishop of Wales, Barry Morgan, himself the son of a miner from Gwaun cae Gurwen.

(13) In the months that followed the disaster, a fund for the bereaved families raised more than £1million from around the world. (Pic: An simple memorial made by a member of the public in Pontardawe. By Carl Ryan)

(13) In the months that followed the disaster, a fund for the bereaved families raised more than £1million from around the world. (Pic: An simple memorial made by a member of the public in Pontardawe. By Carl Ryan)

(3) The four miners are named as - David Powell, aged 50.

The four miners are named as - David Powell, aged

(5) Philip Hill, aged 45.

(5) Philip Hill, aged 45.

(6) Charles Breslin, aged 62.

(6) Charles Breslin, aged 62.

(8) At 8.30am on Friday, September 16, rescuers see a body in the flooded mine - but it cannot be identified or recovered. The wait for the families goes on.

At on Friday, September rescuers see a body in the flooded mine - but it cannot be identified or recovered. The wait for the families goes on.

(7) Church candles are lit for the miners.

Church candles are lit for the miners.


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