Slovak Mine Disastor
- Four miners trapped by a rock fall and flooding in a coal mine in
central Slovakia were presumed dead, the economy minister said Sunday.
"It appears no one has survived," Lubomir Janhatek, who is also in
charge of a committee that oversees rescue efforts, said during a
televised news conference.
He also said that rescuers had managed to retrieve the body of one of
the miners from the pit.
The miners had been drilling 200 meters (yards) underground in the
Novaky coal mine when the flooding and rock fall occurred early
Thursday. Seven other miners managed to escape the pit, located in
the central Prievidza region.
Janhatek said rescuers would "continue their efforts to retrieve all
Footage from a remote controlled camera that was lowered into the pit
on Saturday showed mud, rocks, debris, twisted girders and damaged
machinery, but no bodies.
Some 2,000 cubic meters (7,0620 cubic feet) of water, gravel and
earth caved in during the accident and Janhatek said the cleanup
could last as long as two months.
Miner Dave Kuchta