UPDATE: Rescue Team Progresses Inside Abandoned Mine

UPDATE: CLEAR CREEK, WV (WOAY) –  These are the latest updates on search efforts to locate missing persons at the Rock House Powellton mine in Clear Creek, Raleigh County.

Main mine portal (Boone County side):  Mine rescue teams have been unable to enter the main mine portal on the Boone County side of the mountain.  Although water is still being pumped from the mine, levels remain too deep for entry. Fans are still circulating fresh air into the mine at this location.

Rock Creek portal (Raleigh County side): Rescue teams have progressed 4,000 ft. into the mine. A fresh air base has been established and rescue teams are still exploring the mine as of the time of this update.

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CLEAR CREEK, WV  (WOAY) – Search effort continues to locate missing persons at the Rock House Powellton mine in Clear Creek, Raleigh County.

Officials from the WV Office of Miners’ Health, Safety & Training (MSH&T) and Alpha Natural Resources began work early this morning to deploy today’s plan of action.

In the past 24 hours, additional access has been cleared to the mine portal in Boone County. This will enable additional rescuers to enter the mine today. The teams will be entering this morning.

Eugene White, MHS&T Director, confirmed large fans operated overnight to move fresh air into the mine at the main portal site.  Water pumps also operated overnight, clearing standing water from the mine, which will allow rescuers to expand their search.

Multiple teams of rescuers from MHS&T and Alpha Natural Resources will be entering the mine this morning. A four-man team will enter the main portal on the Boone County side of the mine, aided by four team members who will guide the effort from the surface. Two four-man teams will enter the mine from the Rock House entrance in Raleigh County, with support on the surface.

Additional updates will be provided as they become available.

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