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Russia: EMERCOM's Puchkov outlines mine-rescue op as 26 miners remain trapped01:11

Russia: EMERCOM's Puchkov outlines mine-rescue op as 26 miners remain trapped

Russian Federation, Vorkuta
February 26, 2016 at 13:44 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian Minister of Emergency Situations (EMERCOM) Vladimir Puchkov outlined details of the search-and-rescue operation at the site of the mine collapse in Vorkuta, Friday. The death toll has risen to four after two more bodies were found on Friday morning. Currently 26 miners remain trapped underground.

"A search and rescue operation is underway now. Five specialist mine-rescue teams are working at the risk of their own lives at the site. They are moving step by step and exploring every centimetre of the ground because visibility is very bad," said Puchkov in a brief press statement.

Speaking at a meeting of EMERCOM officials, the technical director of the Vorkutaugol mining company, Denis Paikin, confirmed that a rock burst had occurred at the firm's 'Severnaya' mine "right next to the ventilation shaft," adding: "We are now considering options to save people from the other sides: both from the north and south. We have also called a technical committee meeting which will take place soon and include the best specialists from all of Vorkutaugol's mines. Together we will make a decision."

Part of the mine collapsed after the rock burst on Thursday evening. A team of miners were working around 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) below the surface of the remote mine, located in the Arctic Circle about 2,000 kilometres (1,240 miles) north-east of Moscow, at the time of the burst.

A regional EMERCOM officer reported that 110 people were down the shaft at the time of the incident. Immediately after the collapse, emergency teams established contact with those stranded underground and after gas concentration levels were measured, the rescue operation was launched.

In the initial rescue operation 80 miners were brought to the surface, eight of whom were injured.

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Russian Minister of Emergency Situations (EMERCOM) Vladimir Puchkov outlined details of the search-and-rescue operation at the site of the mine collapse in Vorkuta, Friday. The death toll has risen to four after two more bodies were found on Friday morning. Currently 26 miners remain trapped underground.

"A search and rescue operation is underway now. Five specialist mine-rescue teams are working at the risk of their own lives at the site. They are moving step by step and exploring every centimetre of the ground because visibility is very bad," said Puchkov in a brief press statement.

Speaking at a meeting of EMERCOM officials, the technical director of the Vorkutaugol mining company, Denis Paikin, confirmed that a rock burst had occurred at the firm's 'Severnaya' mine "right next to the ventilation shaft," adding: "We are now considering options to save people from the other sides: both from the north and south. We have also called a technical committee meeting which will take place soon and include the best specialists from all of Vorkutaugol's mines. Together we will make a decision."

Part of the mine collapsed after the rock burst on Thursday evening. A team of miners were working around 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) below the surface of the remote mine, located in the Arctic Circle about 2,000 kilometres (1,240 miles) north-east of Moscow, at the time of the burst.

A regional EMERCOM officer reported that 110 people were down the shaft at the time of the incident. Immediately after the collapse, emergency teams established contact with those stranded underground and after gas concentration levels were measured, the rescue operation was launched.

In the initial rescue operation 80 miners were brought to the surface, eight of whom were injured.

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