Miner dies after pit collapses at Frenchman backdam

Dead: Leon Lyken

A miner was killed on Friday at Frenchman Backdam, Upper Demerara River, Region Ten (Upper Demerara-Upper Berbice) after the pit in which he was working collapsed.
Dead is 27-year-old Leon Lyken of Zeelugt, East Bank Essequibo.
Guyana Times understands that at the time of the incident the now dead man was working in the pit along with others when a section caved in.
He was trapped by the fallen debris, while the others escaped. This publication was also informed that another worker sustained a broken foot and other injuries.

Lyken’s body after it was removed from beneath the debris

More than a month ago, Stephen Mark Samuels, a 47-year-old miner from Karwap Mission, Pomeroon River, Region Two, also died when the pit he was operating in collapsed.
The incident occurred at Puruni Backdam, Region Seven (Cuyuni- Mazaruni). Employed by a Brazilian national, Samuels was working in a pit when part of the eastern wall collapsed, burying him. His coworkers raised an alarm and managed to retrieve his motionless body from the rubble.
The police, finding no marks of violence on the body, transported it to Puruni Health Centre, where he was pronounced dead. (G9)