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Building on success of saving 116 men.

THE most successful Mines Rescue operation in the UK took place at Knockshinnoch Castle colliery at New Cumnock, Ayrshire, in 1950.

Thirteen men were killed when an inrush of peat and bog from surface marshland entered the workings and 116 others were entombed underground.

The trapped men were located by a connection made through old workings from a disused neighbouring mine.

They were then safely escorted to the surface through half a mile of gas-filled tunnels while wearing Salvus escape breathing apparatus, which had been borrowed from the fire service.

The rescue operation only took eight hours to complete - after the men had been trapped underground for more than two days.


BRAVE Rescuers in bogies. Below, breathing apparatus

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 21, 2018
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