Saturday, January 21, 2006

No response from two trapped miners in W.Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va: Rescue teams battling a stubborn coal-mine fire in West Virginia have failed to get a response from two miners trapped for two days, but said they believed they had contained the blaze on Saturday.
"We have 40 or more people at a time inside that mine working an orchestrated rescue, and I repeat, a rescue operation," West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin said in a televised news conference. "We are still very much in a rescue mode."
Rescuers had been searching for almost two days at the Aracoma Mine in Melville, West Virginia, drilling a 6-inch (15-cm) hole into the mine. They extended the drill bit through the opening in hopes one of the men would signal them by tapping on it but were disappointed, officials said."We did not get any signals back," said Jesse Cole of the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration, or MSHA.Rescuers then inserted a camera and microphone into the hole. "We did not get any response with that either," Cole told an earlier news conference.


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