The open pit at the Mir mine in Yakutia has been drained so that mine rescuers and miners can safely continue SAR operations. 8 miners trapped in the shaft since the moment the mine was flooded on 4 August are still unaccounted for.
The pit filled with more than 40 thousand tons of water was drained and now the SAR operations can be safely run.
Specialists of the mine developed a plan to direct the water from the pit to the lowest mine floors and to prevent further uncontrolled inflow of water and clay into the mine.
“With no breach we can activate the SAR operations not fearing that water gushes in. Water was drained from the pit, and that makes the underground operations much safer,” Sergei Shreder, leader of Emergency Ministry’s mine rescuers said.
The SAR operations are being carried out in three shifts round the clock. 320 specialists of the Emergency Ministry and Alrosa diamond mining company are involved in the operations.