Rescue teams have found the bodies of two miners killed in an underground collapse at a western Kentucky coal mine, state and federal safety officials said Thursday.
The body of Michael Carter, 28, a married father of one, was seen Thursday morning, more than 10 hours after the roof collapse at Alliance Coal's Dotiki mine near Nebo, Kentucky, about 75 miles northwest of Bowling Green, the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration said.
However, the rescue team initially was forced to pull back because of falling rock. When workers were able to return to the area in the afternoon, they were able to retrieve Carter's body, officials said. They spotted Justin Travis, 27, a married father of two, next to Carter moments later.
"They were engaged in an essential industry in this state and this country," Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear said. "It's a terrible tragedy to have lost their lives in this occupation."
The miners were 24,000 feet inside the mine shaft when the collapse occurred about 10:40 p.m. Wednesday.