• Short Summary

    A RESCUE SHAFT IS LIKELY TO REACH THE THREE TRAPPED GERMAN MINERS AT LENGEDE BY NOON TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

  • Description

    A RESCUE SHAFT IS LIKELY TO REACH THE THREE TRAPPED GERMAN MINERS AT LENGEDE BY NOON TOMORROW (THURSDAY).THE MEN WERE TOLD THIS NEWS TODAY OVER THE TELEPHONE LINK WHICH CONNECTS THEM TO THE RESCUE PARTY AT THE SURFACE.

    WHEN THE SHAFT FINALLY REACHES THEM, RESCUERS WILL BE LOWERED DOWN IN A CAPSULE, AND ONE BY ONE THE SURVIVORS.OF LAST THURSDAY'S DISASTER WILL BE HAULED SLOWLY TO THE TOP.THERE, A DECOMPRESSION CHAMBER HAS BEEN INSTALLED IN WHICH THE MINERS WILL HAVE TO SPEND SEVERAL HOURS ONCE THEY ARE FREE.FLOOD WATERS HAVE CONSTANTLY THREATENED THE GALLERY IN WHICH THEY ARE TRAPPED, AND AIR HAS BEEN PUMPED DOWN TO MAINTAIN AN ATMOSPHERE TWICE THE NORMAL ONE TO KEEP THE WATER AT BAY.

    "WE ARE FEELING QUITE WELL", SAID FRITZ LEDER, ONE OF THE MINERS SITTING 260 FEET (80 METRES) BELOW THE SURFACE.BUT HE ADDED: "IT IS VERY COLD IN HERE SOMETIMES." THE REUTERS CORRESPONDENT WHO SPOKE TO THE MINERS WAS THE FIRST JOURNALIST TO SPEAK TO THEM OVER THE TELEPHONE LINE.HE SPOKE FOR JUST 30 SECONDS, AND WAS CUT OFF SEVERAL TIMES BY RESCUE OFFICIALS, APPARENTLY AFRAID HE MIGHT BLURT OUT THE NEWS TO THE TRAPPED MEN THAT THEIR 40 FELLOW MINERS DIED IN THE FLOOD CAUSED BY A BROKEN RESERVOIR LAST WEEK.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC3IRCFVST10ZRLTMRXLAYZLQJ
    Media URN:
    VLVAC3IRCFVST10ZRLTMRXLAYZLQJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/10/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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