Rescuers trying to retrieve ‘disintegrated’ body

SHILLONG, Jan 19: As pleaded by family members of the trapped miners that whatever remains of the miners trapped inside a coal mine be retrieved rescuers on Saturday said that they are doing whatever possible to pull it out.

“The Indian Navy are trying their best to pull it out by their ROV after exploring every angles and photographs available to be captured but have expressed that without disintegration is not possible,” spokesperson of the rescue operation R Susngi said.

It may be mention that a body of one of the miners was captured by the ROV 

on the evening of January 16 and the next day family members of the three missing miners from East Jaintia Hills and two from Chirang district of Assam were shown the body.

The families had express their wishes that the body of one of the miner detected should be retrieve intact without much disintegration. 

Meanwhile, the rescuers has asked the other families of the missing victims to come and identify the body.  

The Indian Navy divers on Saturday operated their ROV on the main shaft where the 15 miners are trapped and their work is in progress, authorities said.

The Coal India Limited also continued with dewatering in the two old shaft and ran their pumps for 22 hours each since Friday evening till 5 pm on Saturday.

“At a total of 44 hours the discharged of water is approximately 4989600 litres,” Susngi said.

Meanwhile, the Planys Chennai Technology are still operating their ROV in shaft number 4 to survey and to identify rat holes.

“The KSB pumped out water from the old shaft from yesterday evening till today 5 pm and the total discharged with a break of 4 hours for refuelling and a total discharged is 3960000 litres,” the spokesperson said.

Moreover the NDRF continued to extend their assistance to other agencies with all the resources available.

However, authorities are tight-lipped about the fate of the body that was recovered on January 16.

It may be mentioned rescuers stated that the many body parts have started to disengage.

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