23-year-old dies after mining pit collapses

A 23-year-old miner died on Sunday after he was covered in slush when the walls of the mining pit he was working in collapsed.
Dead is Akeem Khan of Lot 37 Old Housing Scheme, Bartica. According to Police, the incident occurred at about 16:30h at Sand Hill Backdam, Cuyuni River, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).
According to Police, Khan was the owner of the dredging/mining operation at Sand Hill.
Enquiries revealed that at the time of the incident, Khan was jetting in his mining pit at Sand Hill Backdam with a 25-year-old employee when the walls of the pit began to cave in.
Khan and his employee reportedly began to run but the victim’s feet became caught in the jetting hose and he was covered by the sand.
Police said that the employee raised an alarm and another miner in the area responded and they began to dig for the victim.
After about 10 minutes, the victim was found motionless. A report was made to the Bartica Police Station.
Khan was transported to the Bartica Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead.