Date registered: Mar 2005
Vehicle: '01-E320 & 02-ST2
Location: John 15:18-19
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This is reprehensible (More W.Va. Mine news)
Particularly disgusting is the first quote from the CEO about they letting the misinformation continue for some time...
W.Va. Mine Co. Head Apologizes to Families
TALLMANSVILLE, W.Va. - A top coal company official expressed regret Wednesday that the families of the 12 dead coal miners were mistakenly led to believe for three hours that their loved ones were alive.
"In the process of being cautious, we allowed the jubilation to go on longer than it should have," said a choked-up Ben Hatfield, chief executive of miner owner International Coal Group.
Hatfield said the mistake resulted from a miscommunication among the rescue crews. Another ICG executive, vice president Gene Kitts, suggested that the misunderstanding resulted because the rescuers in the mine were wearing full-face oxygen masks when they used radios to report their findings to their base.
Hatfield said the mine company did the best it could under extreme stress and exhaustion, and he said the owners "sincerely regret" that the families were left to believe their loved ones were alive.
He said that overnight, after it appeared that that the miners may not be dead after, the company sent word that the initial report of 12 survivors might have been wrong. But he said the message never got to the family members at the time.
Most of the 13 coal miners trapped in an explosion survived the blast itself, then retreated deeper into the mine and hung up a curtain-like barrier to keep out toxic gases while they waited to be rescued, officials said Wednesday. All but one were found dead after more than a day and a half.
The miners' families learned of the 12 deaths during a harrowing night in which they were mistakenly told at first that 12 of the men were alive. It took three hours before the families were told the truth, and their joy turned instantly to fury.