Mine officials tonight (Tuesday) reported that 9 of 14 men trapped since yesterday in a collapsed gallery at Champagnole in Eastern France, are still alive.
Mine officials tonight (Tuesday) reported that 9 of 14 men trapped since yesterday in a collapsed gallery at Champagnole in Eastern France, are still alive. They said one of the men had given his companions' names through a microphone sunk into the gallery.
Speaking softly, one of the trapped men said: "don't shout, because we are only two metres away from a rockfall and are afraid more will come down if there is too much noise."
He asked for maps of the gallery to be sent down as well as hot drinks and electric torches.
The miners were buried by rockfalls in the Jura mountain limestone mine 36 hours earlier. A massive rescue operation has been going on non stop since.
Earlier, hopes that some of the 14 had survived were revived when rescue workers heard tapping on the tube they were sinking into the gallery, some 30 metres below.
After the voice contact, rescuers said they understood from the trapped men that three of the five other men were believed to be dead, killed by a rockfall.
Rescue workers are now sinking a larger tube through which they can pass the equipment asked for by the nine.