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Rescue bid saves dozens from flooded diamond mine, as some 9 remain missing

By The Siberian Times reporter
04 August 2017

At least 138 miners brought safely to surface of Alrosa's Mir complex with hopes of getting remaining men out alive.

Some 9 miners were still missing hours into the rescue operation

A surge of 300,000 cubic metres of water gushed through the mine at one of the company's largest diamond deposits in Yakutia, officially called the Sakha Republic, the largest region in Russia.

Local media reported last week that mine workers recorded dangerously high levels of underground water and extra pumps were being deployed.

Some 9 miners were still missing hours into the rescue operation, although some local reports said all had been evacuated safely. 

This could not be confirmed immediately. 

Dramatic rescue bid saves dozens from flooded diamond mine, as some 16 remain missing 


Dramatic rescue bid saves dozens from flooded diamond mine, as some 16 remain missing 


Dramatic rescue bid saves dozens from flooded diamond mine, as some 16 remain missing 
Mir mine and diamonds in the treaury of Yakutia. Pictures: Yakutsk.ru, The Siberian Times 


Earlier a source in the Emergency Ministry said: 'We managed to get in touch with all miners except 17 people.'

Alrosa's chief executive Sergei Ivanov flew to the scene as did the Sakha region's governor Yegor Borisov, who brought additional backup including surgeons and doctors specialising in emergency medicine. Some 85 rescuers were taking part in the effort to save lives. 

In Novokuznetsk, a Sukhoy Superjet 100 plane was equipped and ready to fly to Yakutia with more than 30 rescuers and underground divers. 

Opened in 1955, the Mir diamond mine ceased open-pit operations in 2001 and started deep mining in 2009.

Its underground mine has been dogged by water influx problems, according to Interfax. 

Mir Mine. Pictures: Yakutsk.ru, The Siberian Times

Dramatic rescue bid saves dozens from flooded diamond mine, as some 16 remain missing 


Dramatic rescue bid saves dozens from flooded diamond mine, as some 16 remain missing 


Dramatic rescue bid saves dozens from flooded diamond mine, as some 16 remain missing 


Dramatic rescue bid saves dozens from flooded diamond mine, as some 16 remain missing 


Dramatic rescue bid saves dozens from flooded diamond mine, as some 16 remain missing 

Comments (3)

Undeground mine don't closed.

Mir pipe has being developed by underground mining method since 2009; open-pit mining completed in 2001.
In 2016 Mir underground mine reached its design capacity – 1 million tons of ore

Diamond output in 2016 – 3.19 million carats
Ore resources inclusive of reserves – 37.7 million tons
The average diamond grade – 3.39 carats per ton

http://eng.alrosa.ru/operations/mineral-resources-base/
ED, Russia
06/08/2017 03:09
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According to Wikipedia the mine was closed in 2004.
Согласно Википедии, шахта была закрыта в 2004 году.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mir_mine
Robert Eisenman, Salem/Massachusetts/USA
05/08/2017 22:30
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Siempre la minería ha sido, sin duda, una actividad muy peligrosa. Lo siento por los trabajadores desaparecidos y su familia. Es angustiante y terrible saber que tu familiar ha desaparecido en una mina. Nada que hacer. Saludos desde Tenamaxtlán.
Felipe Castillo Robles, Tenamaxtlán, Jalisco, MÉXICO
05/08/2017 08:19
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