Man dies after becoming trapped down mine shaft

The 51-year-old man was found dead in the Fife mine.

Police: Emergency crews attended the mine near Main Road, Charleston, but the man died.
Police: Emergency crews attended the mine near Main Road, Charleston, but the man died.

A man has died after becoming trapped in a mine shaft in Fife.

Emergency services had raced to the scene at around 2.30pm, with Scottish Fire and Rescue sending two appliances and three water rescue teams.

But the 51-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene.

It is understood the man died before he could be recovered from the mine.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “Officers assisted emergency services partners following a report that a man was trapped in a mine near Main Road, Charlestown, Fife, around 2.30pm on Saturday, March 14.

“A 51-year-old man was rescued from the mine shaft but was pronounced dead at the scene.

“The death is being treated as unexplained. Enquiries are ongoing.”

A spokeswoman for Scottish Fire and Rescue said: “We were alerted at 2:43pm to reports of a person trapped in the water in Charlestown in Fife.

“Operations control mobilised two appliances and three water rescue teams to Charlestown mines where crews assisted their emergency services partners before leaving the scene.”


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