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Meghalaya miners rescue LIVE updates: Search will be feasible when level of water comes down, says Navy

Meghalaya miners rescue LIVE updates: Santosh Kumar Singh of the NDRF said if divers manage to get to the bottom of the pit and find the number of lateral rat-holes there, it will be a major breakthrough.

By Sadiq Naqvi | Dec 31, 2018 20:00 IST

Divers from the Indian Navy entered the main pit of the flooded Ksan mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills Sunday, where 15 miners have been trapped since December 13.

Santosh Kumar Singh of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) told HT at the site that if divers manage to get to the bottom of the pit and find the number of lateral rat-holes there, it will be a major breakthrough.

Here are the live updates:

6:25 pm IST

Navy divers find wooden structure, rat-hole with coal sans trapped miners

Indian naval divers on Monday found wooden structure, coal and a rat-hole coal inside the 370-feet flooded coal mine with the help of an underwater remotely-operated vehicle (UROV) machine where 15 miners are trapped for the last 19 days in this remote Meghalaya village.

“Two divers dived beneath the surface of the coal mine with UROV and found that there are some wooden structure, coal lying beneath and one rat-hole with coal at its mouth after spending three hours inside the flooded mine,” said a spokesperson for the rescue operations, R. Susngi.

6:15 pm IST

Navy divers re-enter shaft, want water level reduced

Indian Navy divers Monday again entered the flooded mine in Meghalaya, where 15 miners are trapped, and said the search would be feasible only after the water level inside the shaft is reduced to a safe diving limit of 30 metres.

5:40 pm IST

Family, friends lose hope

Relatives of at least 15 Indian miners trapped in a “rat-hole” mine for 18 days said on Monday they have given up hope that any of them would be found alive, even as rescue operations were stepped up.

“We want his body back so that we can give him a decent burial,” said the uncle of 26-year old Omar Ali, who is among those trapped in the mine.

3:57 pm IST

Site being cleared for Odisha fire service to start pumping of water from main shaft

The site is being cleared for Odisha fire service team to start pumping of water from the main shaft. other shafts nearby are being prepared to keep the pumps of Odisha fire service to enable to operate the pumping.

3:55 pm IST

Indian Navy said when the level of water comes down, search will be feasible

The Indian Navy divers who stayed inside the shaft came out after three hours. The Under Water Remotely Vehicle or UWROV found that there are some wooden structure inside and coal was also found lying beneath. Visibility is very poor and at the bottom, mud also was found. One rat hole was also found with coal at its mouth. The Indian Navy said when the level of water comes down, the search will be feasible.

3:39 pm IST

Congress women workers stage protest against govt’s slow process in rescuing trapped miners

Congress women workers staged a token protest at the Meghalaya Congress headquarters in Shillong against the Conrad Sangma-led government for the “slow process” in rescuing the trapped miners, reports news agency IANS.

1:32 pm IST

Odisha fire service team present at the spot to commence pumping of at least three machines

The Odisha fire service team is present at the spot to commence the pumping of at least three machines in the nearby shafts.

1:29 pm IST

NDRF is providing all logistics and human resource help to the Navy

The NDRF is present on the site with two teams to provide all support and assistance to other agencies including the Indian Navy. The NDRF is providing all logistics and human resource help to the Navy.

1:23 pm IST

Indian Navy has requested district administration to assist in dewatering

The Indian Navy requested the district administration to assist in dewatering so that it comes down to 30 meters or within safe diving limit. Then they will again commence diving. These safety measures are being undertaken to rule out decompression sickness(DCS).

11:52 am IST

Navy divers enter rat-hole coal mine

Odisha Fire Service team reaches the spot. Navy divers enter the rat-hole coal mine to survey the bottom of the sheet using UWROV or Under Water Remotely Vehicle.

10:06 am IST

Navy team waiting for Odisha Fire Service team to measure water in the pit

The Indian Navy team is waiting for the Odisha Fire Service team to measure the depth of water in the pit.

9:19 am IST

Indian Navy commenced its rescue operation at 1 pm on Sunday

After 16 days of procrastination and tardiness by the administration of Meghalaya, an 18-member team of the Indian Navy could finally commence its rescue operation at 1 pm on Sunday, when their equipment finally arrived.

8:32 am IST

Pumping will begin today which will help in dewatering the tunnel: NDRF

Santosh Kumar Singh of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said pumping will begin today which will help in dewatering the tunnel.

8:00 am IST

Water in the pit is chilling making difficult for divers to carry out operation: NDRF

SK Singh yesterday said, “Water is chilling in there which makes it difficult for divers to carry out the operation.We’re trying our best. Tomorrow Navy Team will go inside with sophisticated equipment that they have.We’re hoping for a better output tomorrow,” reports news agency ANI.

7:55 am IST

Divers could not reach to the ground level: NDRF

SK Singh, Assistant Commandant NDRF yesterday said, “Divers have come out now. They have said that the depth of water is too much. They dived till around 70 feet down but still have not been able to reach the ground level,” reports news agency ANI.

7:49 am IST

NDRF hopes of major breakthrough if miners manage to get to bottom of the pit

Santosh Kumar Singh of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) yesterday said that according to their calculation, the depth of the pit was around 320-350 feet and it was filled up with 70 feet water. They had hoped if the navy divers could manage to get to the bottom of the pit and discern how many lateral rat-holes there are, it would be a major breakthrough.

7:38 am IST

A team of Navy divers entered the rat-hole coal mine on Sunday

A team of Indian Navy divers who entered the approximately 350 feet-deep shaft of the flooded rat-hole coal mine in Meghalaya, could not reach its bottom as the NDRF seemed to have miscalculated the water level in it.