GOVERNOR JUSTICE ORDERS ADDITIONAL RESCUERS AFTER ONE MAN EMERGES FROM MINE

CLEAR CREEK, WV (WOAY) – Additional rescuers are preparing to enter the Rock House Powellton mine again after one man emerged from the mine with information about the location of the remaining missing individuals.

The West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety, and Training (MHS&T) confirm one of the missing men emerged on his own from the Rock House Powellton mine earlier this evening. The man told officials the remaining three missing individuals were still in the mine and was able to provide details regarding their location.

Upon receiving an update on the situation, Governor Justice immediately authorized additional personnel and resources to aid in the rescue of the missing individuals.

“When I learned that the missing people were still in the mine I said we needed to go as fast as we can go to get back in there and get them out,” said the Governor Justice.

“From the beginning, I’ve said we needed to use all the resources available to us. Many prayers were answered when the one individual exited the mine with information about where the others were located. We are praying they can be found quickly and brought out to safety.”

Two four-man teams of rescuers are currently preparing to enter the mine. Earlier this evening the rescue team exited the mine, citing dangerously low oxygen levels.

The Office of Miners’ Health, Safety & Training, WV National Guard, WV State Police, Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office, Boone County Sheriff’s Office and mine officials have coordinated on the search and rescue efforts since the four individuals were reported missing late Saturday near the mine in Clear Creek, WV.

The MHS&T mine rescue team was activated early Sunday morning after an abandoned ATV the individuals were believed to be riding was found near the mine entrance.

Additional updates will be provided as they become available.

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