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article imageNo Survivors Found In West Virginia Mine

By Kim I. Hartman     Apr 10, 2010 in World
A sad day indeed in WV, as the missing miners bodies have been recovered following five days of praying and waiting for the deadly methane gas levels to drop so rescuers could safely enter the mine and search for these missing men.
After many days of hoping, praying, waiting and searching, the four missing coal miners were found dead by the mine rescue team early Saturday. The bodies of the four West Virginia coal miners were located nside the Upper Big Branch mine, operated by Massey Energy Company.
"We didn't get the miracle we were waiting for" said Governor Joe Manchin. NBC news video of the press conference reported Governor Manchin as he announced that the remaining four miners bodies had been recovered from the depths of the Montcoal mine.
"None of the chambers had been deployed and none of our miners suffered," Manchin said.
Kevin Stricklin, coal administrator for the US Mine Safety and Health Administration, told reporters that the four missing miners could have survived only if they were able to enter a refuge chamber, which provides enough food, water and oxygen to sustain 15 men for four days.
"The first time rescuers went into the mine after the explosion they walked past three of the four missing miners without seeing them, because the smoke and dust in the area was so thick. The fourth missing miner was found deeper into the mine" Stricklin said early this morning.
The death toll from the mine explosion is 29. The methane gas explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine is the worst mining disaster in the United States in over a quarter of a century.
In the explosion at the Fairmont mine in 1907- 326 miners lost their lives, leaving over 1000 widows and children in the small mining community at the Monongah mine.
Rescue efforts were slowed by the methane gases in the mine. Rescue teams have been preparing for days to enter the mine and find the missing men. A few attempts had been made to no avail with high levels of methane gas making it unsafe for rescue workers to continue.
Families of the missing miners along with most of the citizens of this small community have waited in the rain over the past few days in hopes of a miracle that never came, adding even more names to the list of the coal miner's waiting widows. These are the forgotten casualties of the mining industry. The innumerable victim's of the coal heritage of Appalachia.
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