Shillong: A joint operation of the NDRF and Indian Navy was successful in pulling out a body from a 370 deep feet flooded coal mine in East Jaintia Hills district where 14 miners still remain trapped since December 13. The NDRF team was led by second-in-command, 1st Battalion, RS Gill. The highly decomposed body was pulled to the water surface by an underwater remotely operated vehicle (UROV) and then taken out.
“The body was pulled out from the shaft and handed over to officer in-charge PS Saipung in presence of civil administration officers. The body was then taken to the Civil Hospital, Khliehriat for post motrem,” stated an official involved in liasoning with the media.
The miners were trapped after water gushed into the abandoned mine located in Ksan village. Only five managed to escape.
The miners’ families have said that they want the bodies to be taken out as per a Supreme Court order.
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