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79. Six Feet Under
Six coal miners in Utah were trapped 1,500
underground when the support beams collapsed. Digging was
started in an effort to rescue the six.
volunteer miners risked their lives to descend down
the location of the cave-in. A day later,
cave-in occurred, killing three of the five would-be
. All five were pulled out of the mine.
government banned any further attempts at rescue by
. Instead, machines would be used to burrow into
ground. Listening devices would be able to detect
human activity, and probes would be able to
the amount of oxygen present. Even though most
figured that the original six had died almost
, five more holes were dug during the next
weeks in an effort to find, and deliver
and water to, survivors. This effort was made
difficult because searchers did not know the exact
of the original cave-in.
After the fourth, fifth,
sixth digs had produced no positive results, the
of the mine said that was it. Enough
enough. He had done all he could do,
after two weeks of no food and water,
was impossible that anyone could still be alive.
families of the six miners were outraged, telling
media that the owner had given only lip
to rescue attempts. They planned to sue.