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26 April 2019, 13:00

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Fourth body retrieved from collapsed Skhidkarbon coal mine

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LUGANSK, April 26 (Lugansk Media Centre) – Fourth body of a miner has been retrieved from the Skhidkarbon coal mine hit by a methane explosion on Thursday morning.

The LPR Ministry of Emergencies said that "as of 12.00 p.m. the fourth victim with no signs of life has been recovered from the first coal heading."

The search and rescue operation is ongoing. Two mine rescue teams from Russia are assisting their LPR colleagues in degassing the mine and debris removal. Overall, 100 responders are on the site.

Phycologists are working with the miners' families.

The understanding is that about a dozen of people are missing. The minister of emergencies Evgeniy Katsavalov cautiously said that "hope always remains".

Methane explosion hit the Skhidkarbon mine located in Yuriyevka, Lutugino district, on Thursday morning. During the day, details were scarce on the exact sequence of events and the scale of the accident.

Preliminary reports said that 17 people were under the ground at the time of the accident.

The Skhidkarbon mine, the only coal mine in the Lutugino district, is located in the township of Yuriyevka. The mine was halted during the Ukrainian aggression against Donbass and was relaunched in January 2018. Its 2018 production amounted to 29,868 tons. It ships coal to the Alchevsk Steel and to Makeyevka and Enakievo steel companies in the DPR.

LuganskMediaCentre — 26 April — Lugansk