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Coal ministry seeks help of Navy divers to rescue miners

June 17, 2005 17:54 IST

Amidst ongoing efforts towards dewatering the ill-fated Bansgarha mine of Central Coalfields Limited in Jharkhand in which 14 miners are trapped, the defence ministry has been requested to send naval divers to bolster the rescue operation.

"The coal ministry has sent an urgent request note to the defence ministry requesting for naval divers to physically evacuate the trapped miners," a senior coal ministry official told PTI.

The fate of the 14 miners trapped inside the Bansgarha mine remained unknown even 48 hours after water flooded it following a wall collapse.

"We still do not have a clear picture on the fate of the miners. Early on Saturday we could have some information. Currently, the rescuers are pumping out water from inside the mine," he said.

Technical experts overseeing the rescue operations suggested that the trapped miners could survive if they get caught in a air pocket, but for that they would have to have been somewhere near the pockets when the accident took place, the official added.

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