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Rescuers at Mine Try to Reach Air Pocket

October 28, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

Rescuers worked to reach an air pocket nearly 3,300 feet below ground where they hoped 13 Russian coal miners had found sanctuary from a surging underground lake.

The rescuers, who pulled 33 others unharmed from another part of the mine Saturday, dumped slag and metal pipes down another shaft to stop the flow, four days after floodwaters gushed into the mine.

No contact had been made with the 13 men still missing in the pit near Rostov-on-Don in southern Russia.

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