Meghalaya miners: Indian Navy divers spot one body

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Indian Navy divers have spotted the dead body of one of the 15 divers trapped inside the Meghalaya mines. The body was detected at a depth of 160 feet inside the 370-foot-deep mine in East Jaintia Hills. The body was detected by the navy with an underwater ROV. Around 200 personnel from the Indian Navy, Coal India, the National Disaster Response Force, Odisha fire service and private pump makers Kirloskar are involved in the search operations.

The miners were trapped in the mine on December 13 after water from a nearby river and from an adjacent mine flooded it. The main hurdle faced by rescuers is the water in the mine which they are finding hard to pump out. The Supreme Court had said earlier this month that the rescue operation should continue as “miracles do happen” and also asked the Meghalaya government to consult experts. The slow pace of rescue operations has been criticised widely and was contrasted with the rescue of 12 boys and their coach in Thailand.

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