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Alrosa Halts Search for Some of Missing Miners

Aug 15, 2017 7:01 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... Dangerous conditions have forced Alrosa to abandon its rescue efforts in a section of the Mir mine where half of the workers who went missing earlier this month are thought to be located, the company said Tuesday.

Rescuers cannot descend to the area, known as “level minus 310,” because water in the shaft is more than a meter high, making it a threat to their lives, the Russian miner explained.

Alrosa has informed the families of miners whose electronic tags showed they were on this level when the mine flooded on August 4. More than a week after the incident, eight staff members are still unaccounted for at the underground site in the country’s Yakutia region.

“According to electronic tags on all the miners’ helmets, four of eight missing miners were supposedly located on level minus 310 at the time of the accident,” Alrosa said in its Tuesday statement, adding that the emergency efforts would now focus on level minus 210.

In the days immediately after the flood, rescue staff lifted 143 workers to safety, out of the 151 who had been underground. The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation has launched a criminal probe to establish whether safety violations occurred at the Mir deposit, but Alrosa has insisted the underground mine was compliant with all requirements.
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