Officials Optimistic about Rescue of Kentucky Miners

According to, officials maintain that the rescue of 3 Kentucky miners trapped in a Bell County mine on Monday will be successful.

The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration said the miners, trapped behind water in Jellico No. 1 mine, are unhurt. Emergency responders have been speaking with the trapped miners as four pumps remove water from the mine.

The mine became flooded by heavy overnight rain, filling the mine and trapping the miners 600 feet from the entrance. Water has stopped coming in and it has been confirmed that there is enough oxygen for the men. Officials do not yet have an estimated time for rescue.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the miners and their families for a safe and successful rescue.

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