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Miner rescued after roof collapse

A miner has been rescued from a pit in the Neath Valley after he became trapped under rubble following a roof collapse.

The man, 48, was taken to the surface at Unity Mine in Cwmgwrach, near Glynneath, by colleagues and the Mines Rescue Team.

He is in hospital where his condition is not thought to be serious. The fire service confirmed nobody else was trapped.

Emergency services, including firefighters, an ambulance and the air ambulance were called to the Unity pit at about 9.30am on Friday.

Mid and West Wales Fire Service sent crews from Neath, Hirwaun and Abercrave, along with senior officers.

South Wales Police also confirmed they were called to the mine.

A spokesman said: "A man has been taken to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff by the ambulance service. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. The Health and Safety Executive has been informed."

The incident comes a month after four men died at Gleision mine in nearby Cilybebyll.

David Powell, 50, Charles Breslin, 62, Philip Hill, 44, and Garry Jenkins, 39, died after they became trapped in the mine, which was engulfed by water on September 15.

On hearing the news, Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan said: "I was extremely concerned to learn of this latest incident, but relieved the miner has been rescued. I have asked to be kept fully informed during the investigation into this incident, which reminds us once again of the terrible accident at the Gleision Colliery just a few weeks ago."

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