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Meghalaya coal mine tragedy: Navel divers spot one body

Meghalaya coal mine tragedy: Navel divers spot one body

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 17 Jan 2019, 11:24 am

Guwahati, Jan 17 (IBNS): More than a month after 15 miners got trapped inside a 370-feet deep flooded coal mine at Ksan area in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district, the Indian Navy divers on Thursday finally managed to find out a body inside the mine.

The Navel divers spotted the miner’s body at a depth of over 200 feet inside the coal mine.

The Navy divers spotted the body by using remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) at depths of 160 feet to 210 feet.

A top official said the extraction process is going on and the body has been pulled up to the mouth of the 370-feet mine.

Meanwhile, a team of doctors has reached the spot.

15 miners are trapped inside the mine since Dec 13 and rescue operations are being continued to trace the miners.

The Odisha Fire Services on Wednesday operated their pump for six and half hours and managed to discharge 5.85 lakh litres water from the main shaft.

On the other hand, the Coal India Limited operated their pumps for 20 hours and discharged 22.68 lakh litres water.

The Coal India Limited surveyors said the water level of the shaft has remained the same.

The Chennai based Planys Technology has also continued their operation for SONAR (Sound Navigation and Raging) mapping of the shaft to sanitize and to identify the rat hole.

(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)