Navy Divers use UWROV to reach bottom of mine

Shillong: Into the third day of their operation on Monday morning, to try and rescue the 15 trapped miners inside an illegal mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills, district, the Indian Navy entered the flooded mine shaft to survey the bottom of the sheet using Under Water Remotely Vehicle (UWROV).

According to latest report the Indian Navy requested the district administration to assist in dewatering the mine so that it comes down to 30 meters or within safe diving limit then the divers from the Indian Navy will again commence diving.

“These safety measures are being undertaken to rule out decompression sickness (DCS),” R Susngi a spokesperson appointed by the East Jaintia Hills district administration said on Monday afternoon.

Susngi also informed that the NDRF available teams are at the site to provide all support and assistance to other agencies including Indian Navy.

According to the spokesperson, the NDRF are providing all logistics and human resource help to Indian Navy.

The fire service team from Odisha is on the job at present to commence the pumping of at least three machines in the nearby shafts.

On Sunday, has a submersible of the Coal India Limited arrived at the district headquarter, Khliehriat.

On Sunday evening, East Jaintia Hills, Superintendent of Police (SP), Sylvester Nongtnger said that the Navy Navy divers who went inside the flooded coal mine reported that the shaft is too deep and dark and water level is about 150 feet and were able to dive only at the level of 90 feet.

“They requested to fix more halogen bulb inside the shaft so that there would be no visibility problem for diving,” Nongtnger said.

The district police chief also said that Coal India Limited are not able to start their work as they need sophisticated equipments not available in Shillong.

Nongtnger informed that a request has been made to their officials who are at the site to take up with Coal India authority to bring the materials required as they are the expert in the job.

Meanwhile, earlier on Sunday afternoon, a team of Indian Navy divers assisted by divers of the NDRF who made a recce of the flooded mine shaft at Ksan village of East Jaintia Hills district has said that the search would have been easier had the blueprints of the mine were available.

It may be mentioned that the 15 Indian Navy divers reached the accident site on Saturday evening to assist the rescue teams deployed at the rat-hole mine in Ksan area of Lumthari village.

The Indian Navy divers along with their special diving equipment also carried a re-compression chamber and remotely operated vehicles capable of searching underwater.

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