On January 11th, about 7 p.m. a heavy calamity occurred in the Ibar mines, in?
On January 11th, about 7 p.m. a heavy calamity occurred in the Ibar mines, in the south-east of Yugoslavia.
As already communicated, there was an explosion and then the sliding down of coal as well as a big fire in one of the mine pits, after which the fate of fourteen miners who at the moment of the catastrophe were one thousand and five hundred metres away from the entrance to the mine and about two hundred metres under ground, became unknown. Rescuers from all over the country made efforts to reach the miners in distress. But all remained without results.
Due to the latest information, there is no more hope for the fourteen miners berried in the pit named USCE, in the Ibar mines. The high concentration of gas, discovered some two hundred metres away from the ventilation exit was a sure sign that the miners could not possibly have survived. The pit is stopped. The distressed miners and the families of those who are now dead are walking outside, still hoping that everything has not, however, been lost.
Every one of the 14 miners were young people. The oldest was fourty years old while some of them were only nineteen. Eleven of them were married. Thirty two children waited in vain, in the course of three days, for their fathers to come back.