At least 14 people, including 11 miners and three rescuers, were killed in an accident on Thursday at Listvizhnaya coal mine in the Kemer region of Russia. Over 35 people are missing; their fate and location are unknown. 50 miners were injured, 43 of them were hospitalized.
They went to help buried friends, there was an explosion. Six victims of an explosion in a Russian mine
The explosion during the rescue operation in the “Północna” mine in Vorkuta, Russia, took place on Sunday morning. Six rescuers died. Thursday…
Authorities said they found 11 dead miners and three rescuers who died searching for imprisoned people. The rescue operation, carried out at a depth of 250 meters underground, was interrupted on Thursday afternoon due to the risk of an explosion; rescuers rode to the surface.
According to Interfax the miners had six hours of oxygen, which could be extended by a few hours, but would end on Thursday night anyway.
At the time of the accident, 287 people were underground
The inspection services reported on Thursday morning about the appearance of smoke, followed by an explosion in one of the mine shafts in southwestern Siberia. At the time of the accident, 287 people were underground, and 237 escaped from the mine.
According to Deputy Prosecutor General of Russia Dmitry Demeszyn as the cause of the disaster at the mine a methane explosion was initially indicated. The TASS agency informed, citing a source close to the investigation into the crash, that two people were detained – the mine director and his deputy.