Meghalaya : Considered to be one of the longest search operations in the history, the Indian Navy personnel have claimed to have detected one dead body of a miner in the illegal coal mine of Meghalaya.
It has been over a month after 15 miners were trapped in an illegal rat- hole mine in East Jaintia Hills district, one of them has been found dead by a team of Indian Navy personnel.
The body of the miner was recovered at a depth of over 200 feet inside the coal pit.
As per latest information, the extraction process is underway.
The body will be extracted under the supervision of doctors. Presently, the body has been pulled up to the mouth of the 370 foot deep coal mine.
The Navy personnel have used Underwater ROV at a depth of approx 60 feet and 210 feet inside the rat-hole mine to detect the dead body.
Fifteen miners have been trapped inside the illegal coal mine in East Jaintia Hills since December 13. The mine got flooded when water from the nearby Lytein River gushed into it. It is feared that none of the miners would make it alive.
The rescue operations were making little headway after the water refused to recede despite attempts to pump out the same using high-powered pumps.