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Three miners blocked 400 meters underground in Romania

  • Source:www.romania-insider.com
  • Date:2017-10-05 03:00

Three miners were trapped more than 400 meters underground at a coal mine in Western Romania after a gallery collapsed on Thursday afternoon. Two teams of mine rescuers were still trying to get to them on Thursday evening, around 21:00, six hours after the mine collapsed.

Energy minister Toma Petcu, who went to the mine to check on the rescue efforts, said that the rescue team was close to getting to one of the miners. He added that the mine’s galleries were ventilated and there was no risk that the trapped miners would run out of air. However, the rescue mission was difficult and the digging advanced at a low pace.

A total of 11 miners were in the gallery when it collapsed but eight of them managed to get out safely and only one was injured. The other three remained trapped as the gallery’s ceiling collapsed on a 10-meter segment.

The rescuers have confirmed that they heard noise and voices in the gallery where the three miners were trapped but there is no way to know for sure if all three of them were alive, according to energy minister Toma Petcu, who said he would stay at the mine until the rescue mission is completed.

The Lupeni coal mine, where the incident took place, is located in the Valea Jiului mining region. It is owned by energy company Complexul Energetic Hunedoara, which is under the state’s control.

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  • Source:www.romania-insider.com
  • Date:2017-10-05 03:00
Key Words:miners,collapsed,trapped,gallery,rescue
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