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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Death Toll Rises to 4 After Pit Cave-In

Rescue teams found the body of a Siberian miner Monday, bringing the death toll from a cave-in at a Kemerovo region coal pit last week to four, local officials said.
Seventeen workers were initially trapped underground by the cave-in Friday at the Lenin mine, which is owned by a subsidiary of Russian miner and steelmaker Mechel.
Eleven workers escaped to safety, and one was found alive Sunday. Rescue teams are continuing to search for the final missing man at the mine.
“We have found the body of another miner,” a spokesman for the Kemerovo region, which includes the giant Kuzbass coal basin, said by telephone. “One is still missing. The search is continuing and going on around the clock.”
A methane gas explosion killed 110 miners at the Ulyanovskaya mine in March 2007, the country’s deadliest mine accident since the Soviet collapse.