Funeral for David Powell after Gleision mine tragedy

  • 7 October 2011
  • From the section Wales
David Powell
Image caption David Powell was a "proud collier" who "brought joy and fun to everyone he met"

Friends and relatives of a miner who died when a Swansea Valley colliery flooded last month have paid their last respects.

David Powell, 50, was one of four men killed in the tragedy at Gleision Colliery in Cilybebyll, Pontardawe.

His funeral, the final one for the men, took place at St David's Church in Ystalyfera.

Mr Powell has been described by his family as a proud collier who will never be forgotten.

They said previously in a statement: "Our family would like to express our deep sadness at the loss of such a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, son and true friend.

"Dai was our life and soul, he brought joy and fun to everyone he met.

"We miss you Dai, you were a proud collier and man."

Mr Powell, Charles Breslin, 62, Philip Hill, 44, and Garry Jenkins, 39, died after the mine was engulfed by water on 15 September.

Three other miners managed to escape.

The opening of the four miners' inquests last week heard they had died following "exposure to flooded pit contents under pressure".

South Wales Police is working with the Health and Safety Executive to investigate the circumstances surrounding the deaths.

Mr Jenkins' funeral took place on Saturday, while those of Mr Hill and Mr Breslin happened last week.

A fund launched to help the families of the miners is thought to have raised in excess of £300,000.

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