MOSCOW – Efforts to rescue eight miners who remained trapped in a flooded diamond mine in the remote Russian region of Siberia were ongoing on Saturday, the state-owned mining company said.
The Alrosa mining company confirmed that one of the workers who became trapped in the Mir mine in Yakutia, a remote area in eastern Siberia, had been rescued and transported to hospital.
Although in a serious condition when pulled from the complex, the miner’s life was not in danger, Alrosa said.
Some 133 workers managed to escape the shaft when the flood struck on Friday and local authorities were hopeful that the remaining eight workers would eventually be rescued alive.
President Vladimir Putin dispatched Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov to the scene to oversee the rescue efforts and the investigation of the accident, according to the Russian government.
Mir, established in 1955, accounts for 11 percent of the total production of Alrosa, the world’s leading producer of rough diamonds.