Two small scale miners die of gas poisoning inside the tunnel of their mine.
Police authorities identified the victims as Astrid Guitelen, 22, single, native of Bangaan, Sagada, Mt. Province and Jomar M. Lay-os 23, single, native of Fidelisan, Sagada, Mt. Province. They were both residing at 70 Antamok, Ucab, Itogon, Benguet.
The incident happened August 14, 2018. Initial investigation revealed that the two small scale miners entered their tunnel, operated Angie Ognayon, at level 70 Antamok, Ucab, Itogon, Benguet at around 5:00 PM of August 14, 2018 to fix their mine blower.
However, they failed to come out after about four hours of staying inside.
This prompted their companions to follow and found that both were at approximately 200 meters from the tunnel, entrance lying on the ground.
They were retrieved by their companions and rushed at BGHMC, unfortunately they were declared dead on arrival.
Their remains were brought home by their relatives at Northern, Sagada, Mt. Province.
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