Utah mine vice president: miners may not be found

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Sunday, August 19, 2007

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Rob Moore, the vice president of mine operator Murray Energy, said today, "It's likely that these miners may not be found." A fourth hole was drilled into the Utah mine yesterday, but there are still no signs of the six trapped miners who have been missing for two weeks.

A top executive of the company that co-owns the Crandall Canyon Mine said that the latest results from the fourth hole that was drilled more than 1,500 feet down into the mountainside found that the air quality could not sustain life.

Crews performed yet another sound test, but no signals were heard.

However, rescuers refuse to give up, now working on a fifth hole.

Underground tunneling has been stopped after a mountain "bump" killed three rescuers and injured six others on Thursday.

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