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Navy divers find second body in Meghalaya mine

January 18, 2019

More than a month after they started operations, Indian Navy divers have detected the body of one person in a deep coal mine in Meghalaya.

Over a month back operations to search and rescue 15 miners trapped in a deep coal mine started. The second body has not been identified as yet. It was found at a depth of nearly 160 feet inside the 370-foot-deep mine in East Jaintia Hills.

The government tweeted confirming the rescue:

#MeghalayaMineTragedy#Flash One body detected by Indian Navy Divers using Underwater ROV at a depth of approx 60 feet and 210 feet inside a rat-hole mine - Defence Ministry Spokesperson

Around 200 rescue personnel of the Indian Navy, Coal India, the National Disaster Response Force, Odisha Fire Service and private pump maker Kirloskar are involved in the search operations.

Private research institutes are also involved.

The big struggle for rescue workers is to pump out the water from the depths of the mine. This has further reduced their chances of survival more than a month into they went missing.

The 15 men went down the narrow pit on 13 December and were trapped after water from a nearby river and from a mine next door flooded it.

The Supreme Court has said that the search must continue as "miracles do happen". It also asked the Centre and the government of Meghalaya to consult experts and rescue the miners.

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