Group apprentice Andrew Kelly watches on as some of the bolt heads have to be cut off from the sections of pump rod.
When the linkage at the top of the shaft was released by the scrap men back in the 1950's, the rods buckled in the shaft stripping out timber work and doing untold damage. It is likely that the top pump may have been jolted free.
It was necessary to clear as much of the debris in the collapsed shaft as possible before stabilisation work could take place.
The haze in the picture is steam coming of the now very wet men.