Rescuers free nine workers trapped in Turkish coal mine

Nine workers were trapped in coal mine in western Black Sea city of Zonguldak rescued

Rescuers free nine workers trapped in Turkish coal mine

World Bulletin/News Desk

Rescue teams pulled out nine miners on Tuesday morning who were trapped for 13 hours at a privately owned coal mine in Turkey’s western Black Sea coast city of Zonguldak.

The miners, who were stranded 20 meters underground after part of the mine collapsed, have been carried to hospital and are in a stable condition, Zonguldak Governor Ali Kaban told The Anadolu Agency.

The mining accident occurred at 03:00 a.m. local time, but it was reported to police only after noon by the father of a trapped miner.

The reasons for the collapse have yet to be determined.

Governor Kaban added that a multi-faceted investigation would soon begin at the mining site.

The incident occurred three months after Turkey's biggest industrial disaster in which 301 people died after a fire broke out at a mine in Soma, 480 km (300 miles) southwest of Istanbul.

The Soma disaster prompted widespread criticism of the government for leasing mines to parts of the private sector close to the ruling party and accusations that repeated warnings about workers' safety were ignored.

The government rejected those accusations and said regular inspections were carried out at the mine and no irregularities had been detected.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Ağustos 2014, 23:30

Muhammed Öylek