Trapped Turkish mine workers could not be reached yet

An explosion in the Karadon coal mine in the Black Sea port city of Zonguldak injured 11 miners leaving 30 others trapped on Monday.

Trapped Turkish mine workers could not be reached yet

Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said efforts to rescue possible survivors of Monday's coal mine explosion, which trapped some 30 miners, were hampered as rescue teams yet ran into another pile of debris.

An explosion in the Karadon coal mine in the Black Sea port city of Zonguldak injured 11 miners leaving 30 others trapped on Monday. The injured miners were hospitalised. After clearing a pile of debris, the rescue teams ran into another one only 85 meters away.

Yildiz who briefed reporters on rescue efforts in the site of firedamp explosion Tuesday in Zonguldak said the debris had to be cleaned, before rescue teams could continue looking for trapped miners. He said teams did not start works to clean the second debris yet.

He said the debris of rocks and dirt was about 7 meters in length noting that the delay increased fears over lives of trapped miners.

Yildiz said a total of 50 rescue personnel were working down in the mine. He said these personnel had to be replaced and the debris be cleaned before efforts could resume. He said he hoped rescue teams would not run into other debris.

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