• Short Summary

    AT CHAMPAGNOLE IN FRANCE, WORK ON THE DRILLING OF THE MAN RESCUE SHAFT DOWN TO NINE TRAPPED MINERS HAD LITERALLY GROUND TO A HALT.

  • Description

    AT CHAMPAGNOLE IN FRANCE, WORK ON THE DRILLING OF THE MAN RESCUE SHAFT DOWN TO NINE TRAPPED MINERS HAD LITERALLY GROUND TO A HALT. THE DRILL HAD RUN INTO STICKY CLAY AND WASN'T WORKING PROPERLY.

    THE RESCUE WORK HAD BEEN INTERRUPTED FOR MORE THAN FIFTEEN HOURS AFTER THE DRILL BORING THE SHAFT RAN INTO STICKY CLAY, WHICH BLOCKED THE DUCTS OF COMPRESSED AIR USED TO CLEAN THE DRILL BLADES.

    WHAT WAS NEEDED WAS HIGH-PRESSURE WATER EQUIPMENT TO KEEP THE DRILL CLEAN.

    THE NINE MINERS ARE ENTOMBED TWO-HUNDRED-AND-SIXTY-NINE FEET DOWN IN THE LIMESTONE MINE.

    IT'S NOT KNOW WHETHER ANOTHER FIVE MINERS WHO WERE TRAPPED IN ANOTHER PART OF THE MINE ARE STILL ALIVE.

    WHEN THE DRILL DIGGING THE SHAFT DOWN TO THE MINE MINERS BECAME BOGGED MORE THAN FIFTEEN HOURS WERE LOST AS ANOTHER FORTY-FIVE TOWN OF EQUIPMENT WAS MOVED IN.

    THIS WILL SPRAY HIGH-PRESSURE WATER ON THE DRILL TO KEEP IT CLEAN.

    MEANWHILE, THE MUD IN THE SHAFT IS POSING ANOTHER PROBLEM. WORK WILL HAVE TO STOP ON THE SHAFT WHILE THE MUD IS SUCKED OUT BEFORE THE DRILL REACHES THE ROOF OF THE GALLERY ABOVE THE NINE MEN.

    ENGINEERS SAID THE MUD POURING INTO THE GALLERY WOULD NOT NECESSARILY ENDANGER THE MEN, BUT IT MIGHT HAVE AN ADVERSE PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECT TO THEM IN THEIR WEAKENED STATE.

    THE RESCUE WORK HAS NOW BEEN GOING ON FOR SEVEN DAYS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAXKQPA3QJU9H9OFG3GBIMKBFU
    Media URN:
    VLVAXKQPA3QJU9H9OFG3GBIMKBFU
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/08/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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