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Posted: 7/25/2002 2:26:56 PM EST
Nine Pensylvania men trapped 300ft down in a flooded mine. Some of those who escaped say areas of the flooded tunnel span only 36 inches in diameter and must be negotiated by crawling. The men are believed to be knealing in complete darkness in icy water. Remember to make mention of them in your prayers. [url]http://www.msnbc.com/news/785322.asp?0dm=V12PN[/url]
Link Posted: 7/25/2002 2:51:57 PM EST
My thoughts and prayers will be with them. In a way this strikes home to me, I live in the heart of the mining region of VA. My father was a mine foreman and was finally disabled following a terrible accident in 1988. He had been injured in the mines more times than I can count and was even trapped for a day when I was very small. I know what these families are going through, they will be in my heart along with the miners. Jake
Link Posted: 7/25/2002 3:23:11 PM EST
Poor buggers. I hope they can get all those guys out OK. Prayers outbound.
Link Posted: 7/25/2002 3:27:36 PM EST
I'm mine rescue certified and I know how scary the situation is for all involved. They, their families and the rescuers have my prayers and support. SRM
Link Posted: 7/25/2002 5:39:53 PM EST
[url]http://www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/deputate/minres/dms/website/accidents/quecreek/[/url] Here is a link to a site with updates on the situation. God help those poor fellows. [img]http://www.stopstart.fsnet.co.uk/smilie/sadness.gif[/img]
Link Posted: 7/25/2002 5:47:52 PM EST
These guys are only a couple hours West of me... Wish there was something I could do to help... Seems they have the situation under control as best as they can under the circumstances... Bad news is, I think we're supposed to have rain tomorrow...
Link Posted: 7/25/2002 6:01:34 PM EST
[Last Edit: 7/25/2002 6:02:06 PM EST by Aimless]
Link Posted: 7/25/2002 6:11:30 PM EST
Link Posted: 7/27/2002 10:30:58 AM EST
7/27/2002 1:30 PM - Rescue Shaft One has now reached a depth of 212 feet. Rescue Shaft Two has temporarily suspended drilling because the drill hit a void in the earth, and drillers have halted drilling to determine what it is the drill is now on top of. The depth of that shaft remains at 188 feet. The water levels are not receding as quickly as they were, despite the fact that all ten pumps continue to function. The water level is currently down a total of 28 feet from its peak. Officials were hoping to have it down a total of 30 feet so they wouldn't have to be concerned about compromising the integrity of the air pocket should the rescue shafts enter the air bubble. Officials from DEP, Mine Safety and Health Administration and the Black Wolf Coal Company will now discuss how best to proceed with the rescue efforts, but they will proceed with caution concerning the air pocket. Emergency workers have placed a plate on top of Rescue Shaft One to stabilize the air pressure within the shaft. Rescue workers from CONSOL Energy in Washington, Washington County (who belong to an award-winning team which specializes in rescuing people trapped in mines) are preparing to enter the rescue shaft using an 8-foot-long cage to bring the miners out. Plans call for a camera to be lowered into the shaft first to assess the situation. The Quecreek Mine is located within a rock formation known as the Allegheny Group, a formation that includes limestone, sandstone, shale, coal and other types of rock. This group is known by geologists to have a moderate rate of difficulty to drill through; the sandstone found in this formation is difficult to excavate while the weaker, finer-grained rocks are moderately easier. The stability of the formation ranges from fair to good. The patterns found in the Allegheny Group can be very complex and irregular, making excavation more complicated.
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Here is the latest update. How would YOU like to ride that cage down that hole? [IMG][/IMG]
Link Posted: 7/27/2002 11:01:30 AM EST
I hope these guys get through this. It all really depends on whether or not that have found a pocket of safety though. When I worked EMS I had the opportunity to work with one of CONSOL's rescue teams on an incident where a dozer sunk more than 100 feet into a stacker pile, the team performed one of the most efficient rescue missions I have ever seen. If the guys are in a safe place I have all the faith in the world that the CONSOL team will get the job done as efficiently as possible, those guys are top notch. Jake
Link Posted: 7/27/2002 11:07:47 AM EST
Watching right now, and they are 13 feet away.
Link Posted: 7/27/2002 12:05:32 PM EST
Originally Posted By ARgon: Watching right now, and they are 13 feet away.
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Watching it on what? Damn, I'm pulling for those guys!!! -T.
Link Posted: 7/27/2002 12:14:09 PM EST
Originally Posted By toaster:
Originally Posted By ARgon: Watching right now, and they are 13 feet away.
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Watching it on what? Damn, I'm pulling for those guys!!! -T.
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Link Posted: 7/27/2002 12:18:23 PM EST
Prayers sent.
Link Posted: 7/27/2002 2:01:36 PM EST
Prayers sent. I seem to be doing this alot today...
Link Posted: 7/27/2002 2:11:33 PM EST
7/27/2002 6:36 PM - Drilling in Rescue Shaft 1 resumed after the airlock was installed. Rescue workers are within 14 feet of the air pocket and hope to begin rescue efforts in the next few hours. Pumping continues and water levels are now within 12 inches of the ideal level for rescue.
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Riding in that cage(only one man at a time)would be hairy enough.[IMG][/IMG] Hope they find someone to rescue, we should know something before 0000 EDT. [IMG]http://www.uniquehardware.co.uk/server-smilies/ups/krista/eeksmile.gif[/IMG]
Link Posted: 7/27/2002 4:11:49 PM EST
I know one of the main guys on that Consol rescue team. While never being in a mine myself I have heard many stories from him. I hope these guys are goin to make it. Coal miners are special people. They are tough guys so hope is not yet lost. Good luck guys.
Link Posted: 7/27/2002 5:38:54 PM EST
Last report drillers broke through at 239 1/2 feet. Will be at least an hour till we know of any survivors. Fingers Crossed
Link Posted: 7/27/2002 6:39:18 PM EST
Breaking news: all nine miners alive. Shweiker speaking now. turn on MSNBC
Link Posted: 7/27/2002 6:45:44 PM EST
Great news!
Link Posted: 7/28/2002 1:08:29 AM EST
[Last Edit: 7/28/2002 1:13:19 AM EST by osprey21]
Link Posted: 7/28/2002 1:10:33 AM EST
[beer] finnaly some good news!!
Link Posted: 7/28/2002 3:11:25 AM EST
Link Posted: 7/28/2002 3:26:36 AM EST
Originally Posted By raf: Damn, that [i]is[/i] good news. I was thinking that it was too late. Glad I'm wrong!
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I was thinking the same thing, too late. Goosebumps, baby! Praise God!
Link Posted: 7/28/2002 4:18:09 AM EST
Could there have been a better ending for this? [img]http://www.stopstart.fsnet.co.uk/smilie/biggrin2.gif[/img] [img]http://www.stopstart.fsnet.co.uk/smilie/thumbs.gif[/img]
Link Posted: 7/28/2002 5:23:00 AM EST
Link Posted: 7/28/2002 5:39:13 AM EST
Mine Rescue rocks when it turns out OK and sucks when it becomes body recovery. Done both and have seen the highs and lows. [beer] to all involved. SRM
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