Katanga Mining, Glencore’s copper/cobalt company, on Thursday announced that the search for the remaining four individuals at its KOV pit in the DRC is still continuing.

On Thursday evening the company reported its third fatality from the incident.

The operation is being led by 20 search and rescue professionals and all available resources have been allocated to the team. Katanga Mining continues to work closely with the relevant authorities and is providing all the necessary support for the families of the affected individuals.

On Wednesday Katanga Mining reported two fatalities and five personnel missing following a geotechnical failure on the wall of its KOV open pit.

[quote]The failure to the North wall of the pit occurred at 06h00 local time on 8 March 2016 while seven people were working on the on-going dewatering of the pit in the vicinity of the failure.

An unknown amount of damage to the dewatering infrastructure in the pit is also expected to have occurred.

“We offer our sincere condolences to all of those at Katanga and our thoughts are with the family and friends of those who have been directly affected by this terrible incident,” says Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg.

“Despite our relentless and committed programme to improve health and safety across the group, the tragic events at Katanga underscore the on-going challenge we face to make our operations fatality free. Any loss of life is unacceptable. The team at Katanga continues to do everything possible to locate our missing colleagues. We are in regular contact with the Katanga team and will provide updates as the search progresses.”

Hugh Stoyell, Chairman of Katanga, comments further: “Our immediate thoughts are with the families and friends of the colleagues who have died or remain missing as a result of this tragic incident.”

“Our highly trained search and rescue teams are doing everything possible to locate our five colleagues who we believe are still in the incident zone. The senior management team and I are ensuring that every possible resource is made available to support the ongoing search.”