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Navy team resumes search operations in Meghalaya mine - Report

Coal News - Published on Fri, 15 Feb 2019

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IANS reported that 3 days after suspending operations for equipment maintenance, an Indian Navy team recently resumed their search for 14 miners trapped inside an illegal, 370-feet flooded coal mine in Meghalaya's East Jaintia Hills district. Out of the 15 miners trapped in the 'rat-hole' mine in December last year, the Navy had found and retrieved the body of one on January 23. Another body was detected on January 26 but it is yet to be retrieved due to high turbidity of the water there.

Recently, the 15-member navy team from Visakhapatnam had suspended their operation for periodic maintenance of their machines and underwater remotely-operated vehicles.

Rescue operation spokesperson Reginald Susngi said that "The Indian Navy resumed their search and rescue operation with the ROVs in the main shaft and the search is going on in the rat-hole where the 14 miners are believed to have been trapped." He said the Navy has repaired their machines which developed some technical snags and brought them back to the site for use.

Meanwhile, Coal India Ltd and Kirloskar Brothers Ltd teams are continuing to pump out water from the abandoned coal mine shafts.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Fri, 15 Feb 2019
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