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DDAS, 1997, Angola, missed mine
The investigators visited the site on 4th November 1997 and found the deminers clearing a 2m wide verge on both sides of the road. They observed that the deminers were clearing without using marking sticks and at a distance of only 6 metres apart. The victim and his partner began work at 07:30. By 08.50 they had cleared 502 metres. Both men wore frag-jackets, helmet and visor. The victim was clearing by using his prodder. He was called to help his Section Leader remove grass from a large pothole in the road. As he returned at 08:50 he stepped on "a mine he had previously missed". No fragments of the device were found and the mine identification relied on inference from the damage inflicted. No record of the time taken for medical treatment was made.