Herald: Navy divers get into rescue action at Meghalaya mine disaster site

Navy divers get into rescue action at Meghalaya mine disaster site

30 Dec 2018 06:42am IST
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30 Dec 2018 06:42am IST
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PTI, SHILLONG: A group of Indian Navy divers arrived from Vishakhapatnam Saturday to join operations underway to rescue 15 miners trapped in a flooded rat-hole coal mine in Meghalaya since December 13, a senior official said.

The 15-member team, equipped with specialised diving equipment including a re-compression chamber and remotely operated vehicles capable of searching underwater,  went straightway to the mine site in the remote Lumthari village in East Jaintia Hills district.

They were thoroughly briefed by the NDRF personnel, who were supervising the entire rescue operations since their arrival on December 14, a senior official of the East Jaintia Hills district said.

A team of rescuers with 10 high-powered Kirloskar pumps has also reached the spot from Bhubaneshwar, District Superintendent of Police Sylvester Nongtynger told PTI.

The mechanical teams are doing the preparatory works and the pumps are expected to begin operations any time now, the SP added.

Another 8 high powered pumps mobilised by Coal India Ltd are on the road and are expected to arrive in another 2 to 3 days, North Eastern Coalfields general manager J Bora said.

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