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I think -- terrible tragedy that happened yesterday -- -- explosion.
At the upper big branch mine thirty miles south Charleston, West Virginia 25.
There have been killed as you've been listening for still missing still hoping for a miracle those families.
That they may be able to be coming out alive but they first have to drill these holes sort of a problem.
Because they suspended the rescue operation yesterday because they're.
There's so much methane gas can build up in these particular remains minds and they think that is probably what caused the explosion Steve Centanni is not far from the mine shaft.
At West Virginia very latest.
Good morning C that's right as you heard governor Joe mentions they just a few minutes ago these families are clinging to a shred of hope and that's about all they have what they do have some hope.
There are four missing -- they don't know whether they're alive or dead.
We can't go and search through right now because they've all been pulled out because of the dangerous conditions and low visibility.
The toxic air inside the mind so they can't go all the way in where the need to go.
Define those four missing men.
Now we do know 25 are dead and eleven of those have been taken out of -- and they have been identified.
Still a shred of hope for some of the families here for all the families here because they don't know.
If their loved -- might be among before we still have not been found who's still could be alive.
There are some rescue chambers and safety chambers inside the mine where they can take refuge.
If they're able to get in there where they have air for 96 hours where they have some supplies.
Where they can survive so there's that hope that maybe they got in there and maybe that's where they're gonna be found later on now the operation now is that.
Drills and ventilation -- looked down from the top of the mountain.
Into the mine shaft where these people are trapped.
And try to -- -- very clear out some of that methane gas and carbon monoxide.
-- to make -- believable again for the rescue crews to go back -- later today but Joe mentioned saying.
That's going to be a long and tedious process because they have to go through -- Iraq.
Then through some open chambers and put some some -- shaft in there and it'll take like twelve hours before they can get some holes.
-- and clear up some of that -- but.
That's the hope hope alive here are terrible tragedy yesterday afternoon this huge explosion they haven't said exactly what caused it.
Possibly a methane gas explosion likely had four years ago at the -- -- mind here in West Virginia possibly something else they haven't determined that yet.
But again the frantic search continues the hope remains alive although just barely among the many families stricken by this tragedy here in West Virginia.
Thank you yet.
Steve Centanni sanctions the governor was on vacation in Florida scrambled back when this does -- -- this disaster happened about 3 o'clock yesterday.
Talked about one family at -- three nephews all lost in the explosion.
We'll continue to cover that because the governor just finishing up this pressure meanwhile --
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