Kellingley pit disaster survivor from Wakefield

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A MINER who survived a fatal roof fall which killed his co-worker at Kellingley Colliery has been named as Phil Sheldon, of Horbury.

The 46-year-old was with Gerry Gibson, 49, when they became trapped up to their waists by debris 800m below ground.

Mr Gibson, of North Yorkshire, died as a result of his injuries.

Mr Sheldon was taken to Pinderfields Hospital suffering from minor injuries and is now recovering at home.

UK Coal, which operates the pit, has launched a full investigation into how the incident happened.

An investigation team from the police and the Health and Safety Executive spent last night underground at the colliery.