Alrosa Calls Off Mir Rescue, Declares Eight Dead RAPAPORT... Alrosa has called off a search for eightworkers at its Mir deposit in Yakutia, three weeks after the underground portion of the mine flooded. The danger of a sudden rush of water into themine shaft makes the rescue operation impossible, the Russian miner said in astatement Saturday. The workers could not have survived forthree weeks without water and food in conditions of high humidity, Alrosa said,citing medical experts. Themud that flowed into the mine — with a high content of hydrogen sulfide andsalts — further damaged their chances of survival. Rescue workers began to search for theeight miners after Mir’s underground section flooded on August 4, when waterseeped in from an open-pit mine above it. The operation took place 24hours a day in three shifts. “It is with a heavy heart that I am forcedto announce that there is no more hope that we can find the missing minersalive and bring them to the surface,” said Alrosa president Sergey Ivanov. “As the head of the company, I guaranteethat the miners’ families will receive the necessary support and financial aid —[in a] timely [manner] and in full,” he added. The rough producer will pay the missingminers’ relatives about $34,000 (RUB 2 million) in compensation, it said.
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