Mines and Mining Development officials have resolved to abandon the rescue mission at Eldorado Mine in Chinhoyi where a dozen miners were trapped last week after deeming the exercise impossible and unsafe.

The decision was reached at after engineers and former workers of the mine made an assessment of the scene and were convinced it was impossible to carry out the exercise.

Reports indicate that it is not possible to retrieve the bodies of the illegal miners from underneath the huge rock which trapped the said dozen miners early last week.

The area is said to be unsafe to work on and poses a high risk to rescue teams.

Mashonaland West Provincial Mines Director Sibongumuhle Mpindiwa said in view of the challenges related to access to the scene, the accident point will be sealed off.

A date for the exercise is yet to be decided as the Mines Ministry awaits the bonafide mine owners to first appoint a manager, which appointment should have been effected long back after the mine was granted its deed of settlement.

Between 12 and 14 illegal miners were reportedly trapped at the mine but only one body was retrieved.

Families of those suspected to be trapped have been informed of the decision to seal off the scene of the accident.