Seismic activity is hampering efforts to rescue six men trapped 1,500 feet underground in a Utah coal mine, the company's chief executive said.
The six miners, ranging in age from their early 20s to late 40s are 2,000 feet from the closest access point and 1,500 feet underground near Huntington, said Robert Murray, chief executive officer of Murray Energy, the parent company of the mine's operator.
He told reporters 134 rescuers divided into six teams were working around the clock to drill two small holes down to allow for communication and delivery of food, water and light, CNN reported.
Murray said the trapped men's status should be known within 48 to 72 hours, but it will take longer to actually reach them.
The cause of the collapse at 2:48 a.m. Monday morning has become contentious for Murray, who claims an earthquake was responsible. However, various mining authorities have told the media the type of "retreat mining" at the Crandall Canyon Mine was the cause of the cave-in, and that's what registered as an earthquake.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 08 Ağustos 2007, 14:04