Udayavni Special

Navy divers detect skeletons in search for 15 trapped miners in Meghalaya


Team Udayavani, Jan 17, 2019, 2:11 PM IST

New Delhi: Navy divers have found a body in a flooded rat-hole coal mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district and spotted some skeletons in the area, weeks after a multi-agency search operation was launched to rescue 15 trapped miners, officials and sources said Thursday.

Navy Spokesperson Capt D K Sharma said in New Delhi that the Navy divers detected the body using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) at a depth of approximately 160 feet and 210 feet inside the rat hole mine on Wednesday night.

The body, which is yet to be identified, has been pulled upto the ‘mouth’ of the mine and is being retrieved under the supervision of a team of doctors, he said.

The 15 miners were trapped in an illegal rat-hole coal mine in Lumthari village of East Jaintia Hills district since December 13 after water from a nearby river gushed in.

Sources said the Navy divers on Thursday also spotted through the ROV a number of skeletons inside one of the rat-hole mines and are waiting for the state administration’s directive on the future course of action.

They said it was not clear if the skeletons seen through high-resolution cameras on board the ROV were of the missing miners.

The Navy Spokesperson said the body will be taken out of the mine under the supervision of doctors.

“Our divers are trying by hit and trial in uncharted mines. We’ve established that the miners were in the area. It has been a very complicated operation. We will continue our operation,” said Capt Sharma said.

On skeletons being seen by the Navy team, the sources said the water inside the mines has high Sulphur content which can decompose the bodies very fast.

“Skeletons were seen by the ROV. We do not know whether the skeletons are the of trapped miners. Forensics experts are expected to tell the rescuers about the next step,” said a source.

The 15 miners had gone for mining on December 13. They were trapped after water from a nearby river flooded the rat-hole mine.

Days later, several agencies including the Navy, NDRF, Air Force, National Disaster Response Force, Odisha fire service were deployed to rescue the miners. The Navy divers had joined the search operation on December 30.

The rescuers were struggling to pump out water from the mines.

The Supreme Court on January 3 expressed strong dissatisfaction over the rescue efforts to trace the trapped miners and told the state government to bring them out dead or alive.

In the Khloo-Ryngksan area, where the ill-fated mine is located on the western side of a small hillock, the Lytein river criss crosses the valley for over 2 km.

Deputy Commissioner of East Jaintia Hills F M Dopth said the area has at least 80-100 flooded and abandoned mines.

Udayavani is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest news.

Top News

Bengaluru: Couple cheated of ₹16.7 lakh on pretext of role for son in ads

Delta plus: New Covid variant identified, experts say no cause of concern for now

Mangaluru: Cops arrest two including Omani national for possessing Ganja and MDMA

Arvind Kejriwal inaugurates Gujarat AAP office

Rishi Sunak drawn into in-law Narayana Murthy Amazon tax dispute

Udupi DC clarifies on viral video claiming vaccine gives magnetic power

Shivamogga: 7,300 cusecs water released from Tunga dam



Related Articles More

Journalist’s death in UP: Priyanka says state govt ”nurturing jungle raj”

Facing defeat in next assembly polls, UP BJP govt harassing SP leaders, workers: Akhilesh

Farmers across India suffering due to Centre”s indifference: Mamata

Delta plus: New Covid variant identified, experts say no cause of concern for now

Maha CM lauds transport dept over new system for learning licence, vehicle registration

MUST WATCH

Udayavani News Bulletin 14-06-2021

Udupi DC G Jagadeesh Malalagadde clarification | Magnetic Powers after Receiving Vaccine

Heavy rainfall across Mangaluru

Sanchari Vijay Passes Away | Last Exclusive Interview with Udayavani

OVERFLOODED DAM IN SHIMOGA

Latest Additions

Journalist’s death in UP: Priyanka says state govt ”nurturing jungle raj”

Facing defeat in next assembly polls, UP BJP govt harassing SP leaders, workers: Akhilesh

I will pay for education of children orphaned by Covid-19: R Ashoka

Huge traffic jams in Bengaluru after easing of lockdown restrictions

Farmers across India suffering due to Centre”s indifference: Mamata

Thanks for visiting Udayavani

You seem to have an Ad Blocker on.
To continue reading, please turn it off or whitelist Udayavani.