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Eight men die in a mining disaster in south-west England.

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05/12/1866

Disaster struck the Furtze Hill Wood Mine in Devon when at the beginning of the morning shift miners broke into the shafts of an old disused pit.  Tons of water accumulated in the old workings instantly flooded the section.  Two boys were able to scramble to safety when one miner named Michael Yeo warned them and then turned back for his companions.  Yeo and the other seven miners working in the section all drowned. (By John Osborne)

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"Chronicle," The Annual Register: A Review of Public Events at Home and Abroard for the Year 1866 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1867), 46.

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