Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 12, 2012

Recovery of man from W.Va. slurry pond suspended


Associated Press

LUMBERPORT, — Dive teams trying to remove a bulldozer driver from a West Virginia coal slurry pond have been forced to suspend operations because of technical challenges.

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration said Wednesday it may now take up to two days to cut through the roof of the cab on the submerged dozer.

The dozer and its driver were swept into the massive Robinson Run prep plant impoundment near Lumberport on Nov. 30 when part of an embankment collapsed. The cause is under investigation.

MSHA says dive teams had been able to cut a small hole in the cab and locate the man, but the slurry and water are interfering with their ability to cut further.

They suspended operations Tuesday night and are now looking for different tools.