• Short Summary

    IN FARMINGTON, WEST VIRGINIA, THE PEOPLE OF THE TINY MOUNTAIN HAMLET TODAY OFFERED PRAYERS FOR THE 78 MEN TRAPPED SINCE WEDNESDAY 600 FEET (180 METRES) DOWN A BLAZING COALMINE.

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    IN FARMINGTON, WEST VIRGINIA, THE PEOPLE OF THE TINY MOUNTAIN HAMLET TODAY OFFERED PRAYERS FOR THE 78 MEN TRAPPED SINCE WEDNESDAY 600 FEET (180 METRES) DOWN A BLAZING COALMINE. HOPE IS NOW FADING FOR THE MEN, AND YESTERDAY, AS RESCUE EFFORTS CONTINUED, MINE OFFICIALS SAID THEY DID NOT KNOW WHEN OR HOW THEY WOULD GET THE FIRE UNDER CONTROL.

    BECAUSE OF THE DANGER FROM FURTHER EXPLOSIONS STILL RENDING THE MINE, THE ONLY RESCUE WORK WHICH IS GOING ON AT THE MOMENT IS BY TWO CREWS ATTEMPTING TO DRILL HOLES FROM THE SURFACE INTO THE AREA WHERE THE MEN ARE THOUGHT TO BE TRAPPED. IF THEY SUCCEED IN GETTING THROUGH, THEY WILL SIGNAL DOWN THE DRILLING RIG TO SEE IF ANY OF THE MEN IS ALIVE. THEY WILL ALSO TEST THE ATMOSPHERE THERE.

    RESCUE TEAMS ARE STANDING BY, BUT MINE OFFICIALS SAY THAT THEY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GO DOWN THE MINE UNTIL AT LEAST 12 HOURS AFTER SMOKE HAS STOPPED APPEARING -- AND YESTERDAY THE SMOKE BILLOWING FROM THE MAIN SHAFT WAS MORE INTENSE THAN EVER.

    AS FAMILIES WAITED ANXIOUSLY AT THE SURFACE FOR ANY NEWS, A NEW FEAR GRIPPED THEM. THE OWNERS OF THE MINE ANNOUNCED THAT IF THE MEN CANNOT BE REACHED, THEN THE MINE MAY HAVE TO BE SEALED OFF FOR AS LONG AS A YEAR.

    THERE ARE ONLY 700 PEOPLE LIVING IN FARMINGTON -- AND OF THESE 360 ARE MINERS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8ZHTX6YZ9Z1ZYXFLSV8W4P3IK
    Media URN:
    VLVA8ZHTX6YZ9Z1ZYXFLSV8W4P3IK
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/11/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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