Two miners killed after underground accident

Two miners were killed in an accident in the Myslowice-Wesola coal mine in southern Poland on Thursday, the city's mayor has said.

"A tragedy in the Myslowice-Wesola mine... two miners died and two were injured," Dariusz Wojtowicz wrote on a social media portal.

The victims are the second and third work fatalities in the Polish mining industry this year. Last year, 16 miners were killed during work compared to 23 fatalities in 2019.

According to the Mining Office in Katowice, the cause of the Thursday's accident was a longwall collapse 665 metres below ground level.

Two other miners who were in the vicinity of the accident site had managed to leave the danger zone, spokesman for the Polish Mining Group Tomasz Glogowski said.

The two-hour rescue operation was led by teams of mine rescuers from the mine and from two nearby mine rescue stations. The causes and circumstances of the accident are being investigated by experts from the District Mining Office in Katowice under the supervision of the State Mining Authority.