12:25 AM PST 01/04/06 – UPDATE – REPORTS OF SURVIVAL ARE RUMOR – 12 COAL MINERS ARE IN FACT, DEAD. ONLY ONE SURVIVES.
This is a bonafide miracle. 12 of the 13 trapped coal miners are alive. (VIDEO)
Tonight, there’s joy in the Mountaineer State!
- Miners had been trapped for nearly 40 hours
- Church bells ring as families told the good news
- Loved ones’ distress turns into “pure joy”
- One miner found dead before other 12 discovered
Twelve miners caught in an explosion in a coal mine were found alive Tuesday night, more than 41 hours after the blast, family members said.
Bells at a church where relatives had been gathering rang out as family members ran out screaming in jubilation.
Relatives were yelling “They’re alive!”
One miner was found dead earlier Tuesday, the mine’s owner, International Coal Group Inc. said.
Neither the company nor the govenor’s office immediately confirmed the news.
There were hugs and tears among the crowd outside the Sago Baptist Church locacted near the mine, about 100 miles northeast of Charleston.
Unreal. After following the story today, it seemed extremely unlikely that anyone would be found alive. Yet tonight, twelve are alive.
About the 13th miner who was found dead earlier today – He’s been identified as Fire Boss Terry Helms, 50, of Newburg, West Virgina. FOX News is saying that Helms could have died when the actual explosion occurred and not after. That hasn’t been confirmed yet. Earlier – Video report confirming death of one of the miners.
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