At least 97 miner died in two separate underground gas explosions on March 7 at a coalface near the Black Sea port of Eregli.
1. GV PULL BACK LV Miners and rescue workers gathered round pit head. (2 shots) 0.17
2. SV INTERIOR Lift ascends from pit shaft, and bodies are carried out. (4 shots) 0.56
3. SV Miners descend in lift to continue rescue dig. 1.05
4. SV Injured men being helped, and carried, out of lift. (2 shots) 1.27
5. GV Women and relatives wait outside pit head as coffins are lined up. (2 shots) 1.34
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Background: EREGLI, TURKEY
At least 97 miner died in two separate underground gas explosions on March 7 at a coalface near the Black Sea port of Eregli. Friends and relatives waited at the pit head for news as other miners descended to continue the rescue dig. Some victims were trapped 300 metres (1,000 feet) below ground. Nearly 90 miners were injured in the blast, and they were helped to the surface by their workmates. Over 400 men were at work when the explosions occurred but half of them escaped injury. Some of those hurt were rushed to hospital in the capital, Ankara, 200 kilometres (125 miles)away to the east. A spokesman for the semi-official Anatolian News Agency said the tragedy brought to 630 the number of men killed in mining disasters in the past ten years. The mine was in the Armutcuk area, which produced about five million tons of coal last year, almost three-quarters of the country's bituminous coal output. Wives and relatives of those killed crowded the pit head as coffins were laid out in preparation for the bodies.