|Rescuers pump oxygen into the tunnel on Thursday. — VNA/VNS Photo Nhan Sinh
HOA BINH (VNS) – The body of the third worker, trapped in a mine collapse five days ago in the northern mountainous Hoa Binh Province, was found by a rescue team early today.
The body of Bui Van Quy was found trapped under large rocks, 660m from the tunnel's mouth.
The bodies of the other two trapped workers had been found on Wednesday, the day the mine collapsed, and Thursday. The coal mine, owned by Tan Son Co., Ltd in Tan Lac District's Lo Son Commune, suddenly collapsed when a large volume of water burst out at 10am on November 18.
Four of the seven workers who were working in the mine at the time managed to escape. Three workers were trapped 400m inside the tunnel.
About 500 rescue workers and policemen were sent to the scene, but the rough terrain hampered the rescue work.
The accident happened 700m from the tunnel's mouth. The rescue workers had trouble reaching the area where the three workers were trapped as the tunnel was just 2m high and 1.5m wide. – VNS