The following is a chronology of events surrounding the landslide that entrapped two miners at the Green Brothers Gavel Company in Crystal Springs Friday.
The information was provided to MEMA from The Mine Safety and Health Administration and it reads as followed:
On June 3, 2016, at approximately 1 p.m. EDT, the Mine Safety and Health Administration was notified that a slide of sand and slurry occurred at the Green Brothers Gravel Company Inc.’s Harmony Mine and Mill in Crystal Springs, Mississippi, entrapping two miners. The miners had been operating an excavator and dump truck when they became engulfed by the material. MSHA immediately dispatched agency officials to the site, including emergency responders. The agency is coordinating efforts with the company and state and local authorities.
The Copiah County Sheriff’s Office was first on the scene and began efforts to retrieve the two miners from the material. However, they were forced to halt rescue efforts due to additional slides from the rain-soaked material. A crane has been brought in to aid in the efforts to extract the fallen material.
Saturday, June 4
Recovery operations continued until 11:30 pm CDT Friday night and resumed at 6 am today. Workers continue to construct a road to allow the crane to reach the recovery site and hopefully locate the missing miners. MSHA family liaisons are currently on site with family members.
Sunday, June 5
Recovery operations resumed at 9 am. CDT. Approximately 25 men are working at the site. Mine employees have been used to build the road for crane access. A construction crew is conducting the crane operations/setup/hookup. Equipment includes a 230-ton crane, a CAT 336 excavator, an air compressor and haulage trucks.
Crews have been unsuccessful lifting the excavator.
The crane will attempt to lift the haulage unit (a CAT articulated truck 730C). This is a lighter unit and closer to the crane. The company has been given the go-ahead to bring in pumps to remove water and waste.
MEMA has notified the media that a 9:15 p.m. press conference is scheduled for tonight to provide further updates.
We will notify viewers of these updates as they become available to us.