Saturday, September 01, 2007

Please, Remember Them In Prayer...

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Rescue Operation For 6 Utah Miners Officially Ends

The search for six men trapped in a Utah coal mine during a cave-in nearly four weeks ago is effectively over after a robotic camera failed to provide any useful information, a U.S. mine official said Friday.

"We talked with the families and we basically told them we're pretty much out of options," said Rich Kulczewski, spokesman for the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration.

Mining officials told the families that the robotic camera was successfully dropped down the fourth of seven holes bored into the mountain, near Huntington, Utah, but that it quickly became stuck in mud as it moved over piles of debris, Kulczewski said.

Officials could not retrieve the camera and had to leave it stuck about 15 metres from the surface, he said.

The families had a hard time dealing with the news, said Colin King, an attorney serving as a spokesman for all six families.

The possibility of drilling an eighth hole isn't being ruled out, but there are no immediate plans to do so, Kulczewski said. The rescue efforts are over, he said.

"We don't really know where we could drill again at this time," he said. "That's not to say there might be another hole in the future — you never know. But at this time, we're basically suspending the rescue operation."

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

God Bless those poor men. What a tragedy.May HE bless and comfort their loved ones. J'Mac.

7:39 PM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

Thank you, J'Mac--you're always the first in. I thought I'd better put it up today; this seems to be the end of it. God Bless them.

7:45 PM  
Anonymous catfleas said...

Thank you, Donal, for this beautiful remembrance, and thank you J'Mac for your comforting words.

These men should not be replaced by newer news. We need to remember them, and their families who must go on without their loved ones.

7:54 PM  
Blogger The Merry Widow said...

What great sorrow and despair will be felt, because without the body to bury, closure is hard!
They really need Yeshua near to them now! What a heartbreak.


9:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May He keep them close and comfort their families.


10:19 AM  
Anonymous bobcat said...

God Bless them, may they rest in peace. It sure was nice of you to post this, Donal.

6:49 AM  

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