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Worker in Rockfall Tragedy

At 14.17 this afternoon the Fire Department of Funchal and the Madeiran Volunteer Firefighters were called to attend a rockfall in Caminho dos Tornos, Fundoa.   Although information was scarce it was thought that one person had been buried alive in the landslide.

Later at 15.15 it was formally announced that a bulldozer operator working for Brimade has been buried in the incident.  At the moment emergency services are trying to ascertain the situation and remove or free the bulldozer operator.  The rescue mission has been further complicated by the difficult terrain and instability of the surrounding land.

The Mayor of Funchal, Miguel Gouveia, has been at the site to review the situation.

Samantha Gannon

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