• Short Summary

    THE MINE RESCUE OPERATION AT CHAMPAGNOLE IN EASTERN FRANCE... MORALE OF RESCUE WORKERS SUFFERED A?

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    THE MINE RESCUE OPERATION AT CHAMPAGNOLE IN EASTERN FRANCE... MORALE OF RESCUE WORKERS SUFFERED A BLOW TODAY, WHEN ONE WAS KILLED IN AN ACCIDENT WITH A DRILLING RIG. THE WORKER DIED INSTANTLY WHEN HIT BY A HEAVY PIECE OF METAL FALLING FROM A DERRICK. IT WAS THE FIRST ACCIDENT OF ANY KIND DURING THE RESCUE OPERATION IN WHICH 500 MEN ARE TAKING PART.

    OFFICIALS OF THE PROJECT ESTIMATED TONIGHT (SATURDAY) THAT AT THE PRESENT RATE OF PROGRESS THE ESCAPE TUNNEL SHOULD BE THROUGH TO THE NINE TRAPPED MEN BY LATE TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AFTERNOON.

    THE MAIN BODY OF NINE MEN WHO ARE KNOWN TO BE ALIVE, ARE TRAPPED SOME 280 FEET (APPROX. 85 METERS) BELOW THE SURFACE. AT 1700 HOURS TODAY (SATURDAY) THE 35-TON COMPRESSED AIR DRILL MAKING THE MAIN ESCAPE SHAFT, HAD PIERCED TO A DEPTH OF 108 FEET (33 METRES). IT STILL HAD TO BORE THROUGH ANOTHER 180 FEET (55 METRES) TO REACH THE TRAPPED MEN.

    THE MANY REPORTERS AND CAMERAMEN IN THE AREA ARE, BY AND LARGE, BEING KEPT AWAY FROM THE ACTUAL SCENE OF OPERATIONS, BUT TODAY (SATURDAY) OUR CAMERAMAN FLEW OVER THE AREA IN A HELICOPTER. LATER, BACK ON THE GROUND, HE WATCHED SOME OF THE RESCUERS COLLECTING MEALS FROM A PORTABLE CANTEEN, AND RELATIVES OF THOSE TRAPPED BELOW GROUND, READING THE DAILY COMMUNIQUE, POSTED TO KEEP THEM INFORMED OF PROGRESS IN THE RESCUE OPERATIONS.

    A BRIEF OFFICIAL COMMUNIQUE ISSUED TONIGHT (SATURDAY) SAID RESCUE WORK WAS PROCEEDING 'NORMALLY'. MEANWHILE OTHER RESCUERS ARE DRILLING A HORIZONTAL TUNNEL TOWARDS THE POINT WHERE FRESH NOISES WERE HEARD LAST NIGHT, GIVING RISE TO HOPES THAT SOME OF THE OTHER MINERS WHO WERE TRAPPED MIGHT STILL BE ALIVE - ALTHOUGH BY NOW THEY THEY'VE GONE SIX DAYS WITHOUT FOOD OR WATER.

    ONCE THE ESCAPE TUNNEL HAS REACHED THE NINE MEN, THEY WILL HAVE TO WAIT ANOTHER SIX HOURS BEFORE THE ACTUAL RESCUE CAN BE ATTEMPTED. THE TIME WILL BE TAKEN UP IN INSTALLING EQUIPMENT AND MAKING TRIAL RUNS WITH THE 'RESCUE BOMB' WHICH WILL EVENTUALLY HAUL THEM TO THE SURFACE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5EUJFBAH938ZGVC0CEINCN2CW
    Media URN:
    VLVA5EUJFBAH938ZGVC0CEINCN2CW
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/08/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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