• Short Summary

    THE ELEVEN MINERS ENTOMBED FOR 11 DAYS IN AN IRON ORE MINE AT LENGEDE, WEST GERMANY, WEST GERMANY, WERE TOLD TONIGHT (MONDAY) THAT THEY COULD HELP IN THE RESCUE ATTEMPT.

  • Description

    THE ELEVEN MINERS ENTOMBED FOR 11 DAYS IN AN IRON ORE MINE AT LENGEDE, WEST GERMANY, WEST GERMANY, WERE TOLD TONIGHT (MONDAY) THAT THEY COULD HELP IN THE RESCUE ATTEMPT. THEY ARE TO SUPPORT THE ROOF ABOVE THEIR HEADS IN AN ATTEMPT TO PREVENT A CAVE-IN AS THE DRILL SAID THE AIM WAS TO HAVE THE DRILL BIT EMERGE AT THE EDGE OF THE CAVITY SO THAT THE TRAPPED MEN WOULD HAVE A CHANCE TO SHELTER AT THE OTHER END.

    LATE TONIGHT CAME THE NEWS THAT A FURTHER GROUP OF MINERS HAVE BEEN FOUND TRAPPED BELOW NEARBY BROISTEDT CEMETERY. AN EXPLORATORY DRILL WAS KNOCKED AFTER IT BROKE THROUGH A HIGH PRESSURE AIR POCKET. MINERS WITH LIFE-LONG EXPERIENCE BELOW GROUND DANCED LIKE CHILDREN WHEN THE NEWS CAME THROUGH THAT A FURTHER GROUP WAS STILL ALIVE.

    THIS WAS THE SCENE AT THE SHAFTHEAD LATE LAST NIGHT AND EARLY THIS MORNING. THE 3 INCH WIDE SUPPLY SHAFT IS BEING USED TO PASS DOWN LIQUID FOOD TO THE MINERS. TEA, CHICKEN BROTH AND PORRIDGE HAVE BEEN THEIR MAIN DIET. ANOTHER SUPPLY SHAFT, SEVEN INCHES WIDE, IS CURRENTLY BEING DRILLED TO PASS DOWN TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT FOR THE MEN TO BUILD THE SHELTER.

    10 OF THE 11 TRAPPED MEN ARE MARRIED. THEIR WIVES HAD REFUSED TO WEAR MOURNING FOR THEIR "DAD" HUSBANDS, AND HAD INSISTED EVER SINCE THE DISASTER THAT THEIR HUSBANDS WERE ALIVE. NOW THEIR HOPES ARE REWARDED. THEY WAIT ANXIOUSLY AT THE SHAFTHEAD FOR THEY KNOW HOW DANGEROUS THE RESCUE OPERATION IS.

    FROM THE SHAFTHEAD TELEVISION CAMERAS ARE SET UP TO REPORT EVERY STEP OF THE WAY DOWN. BUT THE RESCUE MUST BE TAKEN VERY CAREFULLY, FOR TECHNOLOGY CANNOT CONTROL THE TENSION IN THE EARTH STRUCTURE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA236MADJUYV9ALUTZ3CQF0O0YJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA236MADJUYV9ALUTZ3CQF0O0YJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/11/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:43:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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