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Hopes Fade for 3 Men Trapped in CIL ECL’s Abandoned Coal Mine

Coal News - Published on Wed, 16 Oct 2019

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It is reported that poisonous gas is preventing rescuers from descending into an abandoned coal mine in Bengal’s Kulti area to extricate three persons trapped since Sunday afternoon amid fears that they could be dead. A membr of ECL rescue team said “Our team worked on Sunday night and we also tried to go down on Monday, but failed. We are facing a lot of difficulties in the rescue operation but we are doing our best. There is a problem related to poisonous gas. There is also a lack of sufficient space needed to go down with machines. We have taken necessary equipment but we cannot commence rescue operation.”

They added “We tried to descend a few times but could not go below 15 to 20 feet. The oxygen level inside the mine is very low. There is a lot of carbon dioxide and other toxic gases and it is a hurdle for us to go in. It would be a miracle if the three are alive.”

The shaft through which the three men descended is also too narrow to allow deployment of rescue equipment

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Wed, 16 Oct 2019
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