• Short Summary

    "SAFETY FIRST" SAYS A HUGH SIGN OUTSIDE THE LUISENTHAL COLLIERY AT VOELKLINGEN, NEAR SAARBRUECKEN, WEST GERMANY, WHERE IN THE AFTERNOON OF FEB 7 DESPERATE EFFORTS CONTINUED TO RESCUE TRAPPED SURVIVORS OF ONE OF THE WORST MINE DISASTERS IN GERMANY SINCE THE WAR.

  • Description

    "SAFETY FIRST" SAYS A HUGH SIGN OUTSIDE THE LUISENTHAL COLLIERY AT VOELKLINGEN, NEAR SAARBRUECKEN, WEST GERMANY, WHERE IN THE AFTERNOON OF FEB 7 DESPERATE EFFORTS CONTINUED TO RESCUE TRAPPED SURVIVORS OF ONE OF THE WORST MINE DISASTERS IN GERMANY SINCE THE WAR.

    SOME 500 MINERS HAD JUST STARTED THE MORNING SHIFT BELOW, WHEN A COAL GAS EXPLOSION TORE THROUGH THE PIT, FALLS OF ROCK AND COAL BLOCKING THE GALLERIES. SOME OF THE MEN DIED IN THESE FALLS, OTHERS WERE KILLED BY THE BLAST WAVE. THE FORCE OF THE EXPLOSION CARRIED TO THE SURFACE AND SERIOUSLY DAMAGED THE LIFT TOWER, FURTHER HAMPERING RESCUE OPERATIONS.

    AS THE SIRENS SCREAMED OUT AN ALERT ABOUT 8.A.M., AMBULANCES, FIRE BRIGADES AND RESCUE CREWS FROM THE ENTIRE COAL MINING AREA OF THE SAAR BASIN RUSHED TO THE SCENE. AN AMERICAN ARMY BASE NEARBY SENT HEAVY AMBULANCES AND TROOPS TO MOVE THE INJURED. U.S. HELICOPTERS RAN A SHUTTLE SERVICE TO THE TRANSFUSION AND SKIN GRAFTING CENTRES HASTILY SET UP. HOSPITALS AS FAR AS FORTY MILES AWAY TOOK CASUALTIES.

    WITH NIGHTFALL, THE SAARLAND MINES COMMISSION IN A STATEMENT SAID 85 INJURED MINERS HAD BEEN BROUGHT TO THE SURFACE, AND ABOUT 200 MORE HAD BEEN RESCUED WITHOUT INJURY. EARLY THE FOLLOWING MORNING, FEB 8, THE DEATH ROLL HAD RISEN TO 255, WITH NO HOPE LEFT FOR ANY STILL TRAPPED BELOW.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5DUDPH9PWHRVTI88KCZT8WNMK
    Media URN:
    VLVA5DUDPH9PWHRVTI88KCZT8WNMK
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/02/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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