Rescuers were still searching on Thursday (4 May) for the fifty miners still trapped by thick smoke in the maze of tunnels forming the Sunshine Silver Mine in Kellogg, northern Idaho.
GV Sunshine Silver Mine at kellogg, Idaho
SCU Miners get into underground vehicle (3 shots)
MV Rescue team in vehicle (2 shots)
CU Diagram with explanation
GV Hearses outside mine (2 shots)
SCU Relatives of missing miners
GV & CU Relatives (5 shots)
LV Shaft entrance
GV & CU Relatives waiting outside (2 shots)
MV Rescue team out of underground train.
"Above ground, it does not look like much is going on at the Sunshine Mine, but it is different below ground, where rescue teams are trying to find the fifty-six miners--missing since the fire began Tuesday morning. DIAGRAM ON CAMERA: The rescuers have progress down this shaft to about this point, where they began to build a wall to keep smoke back. They plan to open fire-doors here, reach the hoist, then lower themselves to the 58-hundred foot level, where the missing men are thought to be."
"So far, eleven bodies have been taken out of the mine, fifteen others can't be moved because of dance smoke and carbon-monoxide gas."
"Scenes like this have been repeated over and over again, as relatives of the missing miners gather from all over the country. They sit on folding chairs, drink Red Cross coffee, and stare at the main entrance to the mine. Some of them have been here since they first hard of the fire."
"These people have hope because officials of the mining company say that there is reason to hope."
"Earlier today it had been thought that the rescuers would have reached the hoist area by now, and that the fate of the missing men would be known. But apparently the rescuers have had a hard struggle dragging timbers into the mine to build the wall. They have not finished--officials say they are still working. Don Oliver, N.B.C. News, Kellogg, Idaho."
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Background: Rescuers were still searching on Thursday (4 May) for the fifty miners still trapped by thick smoke in the maze of tunnels forming the Sunshine Silver Mine in Kellogg, northern Idaho.
The fire broke out at the top of a hoist-shaft on Tuesday (2 May) morning, and immediately smoke filled the only two escape-routes for the 82 miners at the shaft's lowest level a mile (1600 m) below ground. 108 other miners working at higher levels managed to escape.
Late yesterday evening eight bodies, including those of a father and son, were seen--but could not be brought up to the surface.
N.B.C. reporter Don Oliver was present at the scene, and the film is accompanied by his commentary throughout. An alternative commentary is provided overleaf, but if you wish to use the U.S. commentary, a sound transcript is available below.