June 20th, 2011
09:11 PM ET

Rescuers free 3 men trapped in Kentucky coal mine

Three men trapped who were trapped Monday in a Kentucky coal mine were rescued on Monday night, a state government spokesman said.

The miners were brought to the surface in Bell County at 8:22 p.m., Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet spokesman Dick Brown said. All three are in good shape and were being taken to a local hospital for evaluation and to be reunited with their families.

Communications had been established with the miners earlier Monday after they were trapped behind water in the Jellico No. 1 mine, U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration spokeswoman Amy Louviere said in a statement.

All day, emergency responders were speaking with the men every 15 minutes. Responders, meanwhile, used four pumps to remove water from the mine, according to Louviere.

The mine flooded after heavy overnight rain made a diversion ditch fail, filling the mine and trapping the miners 600 feet away from the entrance, according to a statement released by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet.

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  1. gung hoe

    If i ever get in trouble i hope and pray that theres a bunch of hillbillys to save my rearend just saying

    June 20, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Riff*Raff

    Every time I take a road trip up I-75 I stop in Jellico, TN. It's a cute little town high on a hill on the KY/TN state line. From your room, you can see the beautiful mountains unobstructed for miles. Very peaceful. I've met some great people there as well.

    I'm glad the miners were rescued successfully. A mining accident that ends well is not something that we hear much lately.

    June 21, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |