UPDATE: 3 people trapped in Raleigh County mine rescued

By  | 

RALEIGH COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ/ AP) -- UPDATE 12/12/18 @ 10:40 p.m.
It was a scene of pure jubilation Wednesday night at the Salamie Memorial Center in Whitesville where three people rescued from an underground mine were reunited with family and friends.

About 100 people burst into tears and applause when they received news that Erica Treadway, Cody Beverly, and Kayla Williams were alive. All had been in the Rock House Powellton mine in Clear Creek since the weekend.

"God is good," said West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice who was at the scene when the trio was rescued.

The group entered the mine illegally. So far, criminal charges have not been filed. The site hasn't been in operation for two years. Rescue teams had to go thousands of feet underground and a couple miles into the mine, putting the crew members' lives at risk.

The rescuers found Treadway around 6 p.m. About 30 minutes later, they found Beverly and Williams. While all three appeared healthy, they were taken to Charleston Area Medical Center to be checked out.

Crews at the scene say many of the rescuers worked on 19 percent oxygen Wednesday. Rescue officials say the ventilation from fans was a breakthrough in being able to rescue all three people.

A fourth person, Eddie Williams, 43, safely came out of the mine on his own Monday night. At this time, no charges have been filed against the four people.

We have a crew at the scene.

Keep checking the WSAZ App and WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 12/12/18 @ 7 p.m.
Three people trapped since the weekend in an underground coal mine have been found alive, the West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety & Training says Wednesday night.

The agency says efforts are underway to bring the three people to the surface of the the Rock House Powellton mine in Clear Creek. That's in Raleigh County.

They will then be transported for medical treatment.

The missing have been identified as Erica Treadway, 31, Kayla Williams, about 25, and Cody Beverly, 21. A fourth person, Eddie Williams, 43, safely came out of the mine on his own Monday night.

A news conference is expected at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Whitesville Volunteer Fire Department.

Keep checking the WSAZ App and WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 12/12/18 @ 3:34 p.m.
A search for three missing people in an underground mine continues Wednesday in Raleigh County.

Rescue crews have still been unable to enter the mine on the Boone County side, which is the main mine portal. Although pumps continue drawing water out, the levels still remain too deep for rescuers to proceed.

On the Raleigh County side, crews have progressed 4,000 feet down into the mine and have established a fresh air base. Teams are still exploring the mine at this time.

West Virginia Miners’ Health, Safety & Training Director Eugene White and the West Virginia National Guard will provide an update to the media at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Whitesville Volunteer Fire Department.



UPDATE 12/12/18 @ 11:57 a.m.
In the past 24 hours, officials have cleared additional access to a mine portal in Boone County where three people are reportedly trapped.

The search resumed Wednesday at Elk Run Coal Co.’s Rock House Powellton Mine near Clear Creek.

Eugene White, director of Miners' Health Safety and Training, confirms that large fans operated overnight to move fresh air into the mine portal. Water pumps also operated overnight to clear standing water from the mine, which was halting the search Tuesday night.

Multiple rescue teams entered the mine Wednesday morning. A four-man team entered from the Boone County side of the mine, while two four-man teams entered from the Rock House entrance in Raleigh County.

Three people are believed to be lost in the underground coal mine: Erica Treadway, 31, Kayla Williams, about 25, and Cody Beverly, 21.

A fourth person, Eddie Williams, 43, safely came out of the mine on his own Monday night. The three remaining people have been lost inside the mine since Sunday.

Keep checking the WSAZ App and WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 12/11/18 @ 4:35 p.m.
A search continues Tuesday for three people believed to be lost in an underground coal mine, according to our crew on the scene.

Their names have been released from the Raleigh County Sheriff's Office as: Erica Treadway, 31, Kayla Williams, about 25, and Cody Beverly, 21.

A fourth person, Eddie Williams, 43, safely came out of the mine on his own Monday night. The three remaining people have been lost inside the mine since Sunday. The search is underway at Elk Run Coal Co.’s Rock House Powellton Mine near Clear Creek.

We spoke with the grandfather of Beverly, Greg Scarbro, who says he's not giving up hope.

"It's the hardest thing to do, wait," Scarbro said. "I've never hurt so bad in my life as I am right now, but I've got great hope."

Scarbro says he's trying to stay positive for his family and the community, but negative thoughts have been filling his head.

"The whole time, I was here trying to give these people a little bit of encouragement," Scarbro said. "In my mind, I was burying my grandson. I was burying him in my mind, and I don't want that to happen."

On Tuesday, officials have been working to remove standing water from an alternate entryway and pump fresh air into the mine, allowing rescue teams to expand their search area in the mine for the missing three people, according to information from Gov. Jim Justice's office.

“Our priority is rescuing these individuals and maintaining the safety of our mine rescue teams. I have ordered the coordination of all resources needed for rescuers to continue to search the mine. We’re doing everything we can to accelerate the rescue,” said Justice, who traveled to the mine and spent time with rescuers and the victims' families.

On Monday, Williams told rescuers the other three are in a part of the mine with a pocket of good air, but it's about 1,000 feet deeper than the rescuers have gone so far.

Keep checking the WSAZ App and WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 12/10/18 @ 10:50 p.m.
West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is on his way to a coal mine in Raleigh County, where a rescue operation is underway.

Justice said one of four people lost inside the mine since Sunday was able to get out safely on his own, and now rescue efforts are underway to retrieve the other three.

The man who was able to escape tells rescuers the other three are in a part of the mine with a pocket of good air, but it's about 1,000 feet deeper than the rescuers have gone so far.

Justice said, "If there's any way on this earth to rescue these guys, we're going to do it."

We'll keep you updated on this developing story. Keep checking the WSAZ App and WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 12/10/18 @ 2:35 p.m.
A West Virginia National Guard team is assisting in the search for four people reported missing at an underground coal mine in Raleigh County, the Guard reports on Monday.

The team is made up of six soldiers and three Humvees.

That team will provide support to teams with Miner’s Health, Safety and Training (MHS&T) who have been looking for the missing four. The National Guard team will provide assistance with equipment and personnel movement from the staging area to the mine entrance.

The search is underway at Elk Run Coal Co.’s Rock House Powellton Mine near Clear Creek.

The Raleigh County Sheriff's Office says that an abandoned ATV the four were believed to be riding was found near the mine entrance that was sealed at one time.



ORIGINAL STORY 12/9/18
A West Virginia mine rescue team is searching for four people reported missing at an underground coal mine.

The state Office of Miner’s Health, Safety and Training says in a news release it began assisting the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday.

The search is at Elk Run Coal Co.’s Rock House Powellton Mine near Clear Creek.

The Sheriff's office says that an abandoned ATV the four were believed to be riding was found near the mine entrance that was sealed at one time.

Members of the state mine safety office and mine parent company Alpha Natural Resources entered the mine Sunday afternoon to begin the search.

According to the mine safety office, coal has not been mined at the underground location for two years.

Rescuers are not sure if all four actually entered the mine but their location and condition are still unknown at this time.

They were last seen early Saturday morning.

Keep checking the WSAZ App and WSAZ.com for the latest information.




 
Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station. powered by Disqus