Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
Entertaiment | By Kelly Sanders

1 killed, 3 missing after natural disaster strikes Polish coal mine

1 killed, 3 missing after natural disaster strikes Polish coal mine

Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki visited the two rescued miners in hospital after meeting with mining officials late on Saturday.

She said four miners were brought to the surface but contact was lost with seven others who were 900 metres (2,950 feet) underground, preparing a new corridor for extraction work.

A 3.4 magnitude natural disaster in southern Poland jolted a coal mine Saturday morning, initially trapping seven miners more than half-a-mile (almost 1-kilometer) beneath the surface.

Family members of the missing miners are at the site, and psychologists are on-hand to help them. Two miners were rescued on Saturday.

The two recovered miners have been injured.

More than 200 rescue and support workers were still pressing to reach four other workers missing at the mine in the town of Jastrzebie-Zdroj, close to Poland's border with the Czech Republic.

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Polish rescue workers say they have found a second body after an quake hit a coal mine in southern Poland. "There are three rescue units more joining the operation which is going on", said JSW Coal's Daniel Ozon. It was not clear if the miner was dead or alive. According to them, it is very important that the trapped miners have enough air to breath.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, who reached the mine on Saturday evening, said the rescue operation was very hard and that he hoped the remaining miners would be saved.

More than 200 rescue and support workers are pressing to reach five miners trapped after authorities said an quake hit a coal mine in southern Poland.

An ambulance arrives in southern Poland following a quake at the Zofiowka coal mind in Jastrzebie-Zdroj.

Ozon told reporters it could take four to five hours for rescuers to reach the trapped miner they can see, who is stuck in debris in a tunnel.

The saving was first launched at 11:25 a.m. local time Saturday.

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