Gleision disaster anniversary

Two years ago today, four miners died in the Gleision Colliery in the Swansea Valley. It was Wales' worst mining disaster in recent times. On Friday, a memorial stone in memory of the men who died was unveiled.

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Two years on: Gleision mining disaster

Four men died at the Gleision Colliery in 2011 Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Images

Today marks two years since the Gleision Colliery mining disaster in the Swansea Valley. Four men died after getting trapped underground when a tunnel they were working in filled with water.

It was the worst mining disaster in Wales in recent times.

Three men initially escaped and a search and rescue operation was launched to find the other four miners who were trapped 300 ft below the ground.

Philip Hill, 44, Charles Breslin, 62, David Powell, 50 and Garry Jenkins, 39 were all found dead the following day.

Carwyn Jones, Wales' First Minister described the deaths as "a tragedy for all of Wales."

On Friday, a memorial stone in recognition of the miners was unveiled at the former Tareni Colliery, a short distance from the Gleision site.

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Gleision Colliery memorial to be unveiled

A major rescue operation was launched after the mine flooded

A memorial stone in recognition of the miners who lost their lives in the Gleision Colliery disaster will be officially unveiled today.

David Powell, 50, Garry Jenkins, 39, Charles Breslin, 62, and Phillip Hill, 44, lost their lives when the mine flooded in September 2011.

The stone is located on the site of the former Tareni Colliery, a short distance from the entrance of Gleision Colliery.

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