The French tourist village of Champagnole near the Swiss border ... Today a place of?
The French tourist village of Champagnole near the Swiss border ... Today a place of anguish after an underground gallery at a limestone quarry collapsed trapping 14 workers.
Efforts are being made to sink a bore hole to reach the men, some 100 feet (30 metre) down. Rescue teams of soldiers, quarrymen, firemen and potholers have been called to the quarry as well as professional mine rescue workers from Lyons and Besancon.
Sounds have been heard from the gallery -- believed to be from picks, shovels and hammers along the walls inside.
A sensitive drill, flown by helicopter from Paris, is being used first to probe the ground above the gallery. Another, larger, will be used to gouge out rescue shaft ... in an operation similar perhaps to that mounted at Lengede in Germany last November when eleven miners were brought up this way after being entombed for 14 days.
The cave-in of the hillside in which the gallery runs caused long cracks and other subsidences in the area. Houses lurched a moment, and tourist and villagers thought an earthquake had started.