Rescue underway to free four trapped in Welsh mine

September 15, 2011 17:30

LONDON - Emergency services were carrying out a "dynamic" rescue operation on Thursday to free four miners trapped in a coal mine in south Wales, with police saying they were trying to drain the mine of water.

Initially it was reported that seven men were trapped at the small Gleision Colliery in the Swansea Valley, but three had managed to escape. One of those men was now in hospital.

"The current situation is there is a dynamic search and rescue operation going on involving all the agencies to rescue four males that are still within the mine," Superintendent Phil Davies of South Wales Police told reporters. "We're doing everything we possibly can to get those four males out from the mine."

Davies said there was no blockage within the mine but there was water present which they were trying to drain. He said he could not comment on whether rescuers were in contact with the trapped miners.

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