Turbidity of water hits Navy’s bid to retrieve dead miner

Correspondent Shillong, Feb 2 | Publish Date: 2/2/2019 12:24:21 PM IST

Indian Navy divers are struggling to retrieve the second body of a miner from the flooded 370-feet-deep coal mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district due to high turbidity of water inside the mine, an official said on Saturday. “The turbidity is limiting visibility inside the rat-hole mine and is affecting in retrieving the body,” said a senior rescue official. “Nonetheless, they (Navy) are making all efforts to retrieve the body which could be possible only after the water becomes clear. We are consulting experts,” he said. The unidentified miner’s body was detected last week by a remotely operated underwater vehicle. 13 more miners remained trapped for the last 51 days in the illegal mine.

The UROV found the body of a miner identified as Amir Hussain on January 16, 32 days after 15 miners got trapped inside the illegal rat-hole coal mine on December 13 as water gushed in. The tragedy came to light after five miners escaped the coal pit. 

Meghalaya Home Minister James Sangma said the search and rescue operation was being carried out for the remaining 13 trapped miners as per directions of the Supreme Court.

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