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‘We’re back to square one’

Posted by gnn1 on Wednesday, 8 August 2007

More bad news for people who have had a lifetime’s worth already. Continuing activity within the earth, ‘seismic and tectonic’, has not only halted workers attempting to rescue 6 buried miners. It’s set them back.

“There is absolutely no way that through our underground rescue effort we can reach the vicinity of the trapped miners for at least one week,” said Robert Murray, CEO of Murray Energy, the parent company of the mine’s operator.

He went on to say that whilst we may know the status of the miners in 48-72 hours, it will take longer to reach them.

The miners are 2000 feet from the nearest access point.

A drilling rig has been flown in via helicopter. It could get a 2 inch hole, ‘enough to get in air, food and water and possibly establish communication,’ probably the way rescuers could know in 2-3 days about the miners.

A miner’s daughter, Ariana Sanchez, told AP that her father Manuel Sanchez, 42, is one of the trapped men. Three of the 6 are Mexican nationals, all are ‘family men, in their early 20 to late 40s.’ The only other miner whose name has been made available is Kerry Allred.

Source: CNN.com

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