Meghalaya trapped miners: Navy divers spot Body, Skeletons

Meghalaya Coal Mine

New Delhi, Jan 17: Naval divers on Thursday spotted skeletons and the body of one person with the help of remote-operated underwater vehicles, inside a coal mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills where 15 miners have been trapped since December 13, 2018.

The families of 3 miners from Lumthari and 2 miners from Chirang District were called to view a video provided by the ROV.

The officials imformed them that the body had decomposed and their retrieval will lead to total disintegration.

In this regard, the miners’s kin will their give views on Friday.

Citing sources, ANI reported that Naval divers are seeing skeletons inside mines of Meghalaya through their remotely operated vehicles.

The water level inside the mine has high sulphur content which can decompose bodies very fast, they said.

Earlier in a day, the divers captured pictures of a body inside a 370-feet flooded coal mine.

“One body detected by Indian Navy divers using an underwater ROV (remotely operated vehicle) at a depth of approx 160 feet and 210 feet inside a rat-hole mine,” the Navy spokesperson said in a tweet.

The development took place after more than a month.

Rescue operations are on to salvage the remaining 14 trapped miners.

The Meghalaya government has roped in several central agencies including a team from Hyderabad-based National Geophysical Research Institute and Chennai-based Planys Technologies in the rescue operation.

Coal India Limited, Odisha firefighters, Kirloskar Brothers Limited are also engange in the rescue work.


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