61 miners dead in S Africa

JOHANNESBURG : At least 61 prospectors have been found dead in an abandoned gold mine, police said today, but the tragedy was unlikely to deter others from seeking riches in South Africa’s hazardous network of tunnels and shafts. The bodies were found by other illegal miners, who brought 36 to the surface over the weekend. Another 25 bodies left at drop-off points underground were brought up today. Police called on relatives to help identify the victims and were probing into the cause of deaths.