The impossible, the unimagined happened at Springhill, scene of misery, in Canada. Over ninety miners?
The impossible, the unimagined happened at Springhill, scene of misery, in Canada. Over ninety miners were trapped at depths of 13,000 feet in Number Two pit of the Cumberland Coal Mine on Saturday, October 25, when a rock movement sent tons of rubble, coal and pit apparatus crashing down on the coal face workers.
Almost as soon as the disaster was known, little hope was thought to exist for the entombed men. Rescue workers started digging in the chaos below. Day after day bodies were brought to the surface. Over twenty victims were dug from the rubble. By Thursday the rescuers were at the blocked mouth of Number Two Unit of the shaft. As they wriggled into position and started scrapping their way through the rockfall a voice, a voice from the dead was heard. "For God's sake get us out!" There was life, just a glimmer, but someone had survived the holocaust. As they moved nearer to the air space where the voice was heard, the rescuers learnt that twelve men were still alive. Twelve men had lived for six and a half days, without more than a handful of food and a cup of water between, in a darkness as definite as death, or so it seemed at one time.
That was the miracle of Springhill !
Our reporters on the spot interviewed friends and relatives of miners in the pit. Later they were able to talk with the rescued men, all of whom have vowed never to "go down the mine" again....
This isn't the first disaster in Number Two Pit. In the last twenty years there have been two serious falls, excluding this latest one, and mine officials are sadly confident that the Cumberland Coal Mine, Springhill, Nova Scotia, -- one of the richest in Canada and the main occupation for over a thousand families -- will never be worked again!