Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

Third coal miner found in Poland is unresponsive

Third coal miner found in Poland is unresponsive

Family members of the missing miners are at the site, and psychologists are on-hand to help them.

Some 200 miners involved in the rescue were working in sweltering heat around a kilometre beneath the surface to find the three missing miners after one was found dead. Ozon said that rescuers had "established visual contact" with another missing miner trapped between pipes, but it was unclear whether he was alive.

A 3.4 magnitude quake in southern Poland jolted a coal mine Saturday morning, initially trapping seven miners more than half-a-mile (almost 1-kilometer) beneath the surface. "A physician has pronounced him dead", Daniel Ozon, the CEO of the Jastrzebie Coal Company (JSW) managing the mine, told reporters on Sunday.

Two had been rescued by mid-afternoon, and one was found late on Saturday but showed no signs of life, the deputy chief executive of the mine owner JSW, Tomasz Sledz, told reporters. He says the miner had been trapped under some metal and was not responsive. So far this year, five miners including Sunday's casualty have been killed at different mines, according to the State Mining Authority.

A woman cries outside the Zofiowka coal mine in Jastrzebie-Zdroj in southern Poland, where several miners were reported missing following a powerful quake, May 5, 2018.

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An ambulance arrives after an quake at the Zofiowka coal mind in Jastrzebie-Zdroj in southern Poland.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, who reached the mine on Saturday evening, said the rescue operation was very hard and that he hoped the remaining miners would be saved.

The rescue was launched at 11:25 a.m. local time Saturday.

So there's been no contact with the four staff, who were caught 2,950 ft Under Ground. Emergency workers pumped air into the affected area to lower the level of methane gas before they can safely move ahead, Ozon said.

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