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Rescuers trying to reach 13 trapped miners successfully punched a hole into the mine early Tuesday, but a company executive said initial reports of air quality in the area were very discouraging.
Carbon monoxide levels measured 1,300 parts per million, exceeding the 400 parts per million maximum level that sustains life, said Ben Hatfield, chief executive officer of mine owner International Coal Group Inc.
“We are very discouraged by the results of this test,” Hatfield said.
Family members say they've been alerted that all 12 remaining miners who have been missing in an West Virginia mine for more than 40 hours have been found alive. People waiting for word at the Sago Baptist Church are crying, hugging and screaming 'They're alive.'
TALLMANSVILLE, W.Va. - Twelve miners caught in an explosion in a coal mine were found alive late Tuesday, more than 41 hours after the blast, family members said.
Family members report that 11 of the 12 coal miners who were initially thought to have survived an explosion in a coal mine have died. The sole survivor is hospitalized.
The families were told by company officials about the deaths more than three hours after Gov. Joe Manchin said he had been told 12 of the miners had survived. Tears of joy turned to tears of grief as families demanded answers about what caused the miscommunication.
"We feel like we've been lied to all alone," said one family member on CNN.
Apparently the miscommunication was that someone said "We found 12 of them. We're checking vital signs now." and someone construed that to mean they were alive.