New pumps in operation at gravel pit site - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

New pumps in operation at gravel pit site

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COPIAH COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Green Brothers Gravel Company is using newly-acquired pumps, that can handle solids/heavy slurry, and run through the night with brief periods of stoppage to clear and reset the unit.

The crews are piping water down to the caved site to wash the material from around the machines to the pump, and recover the bodies of James "Dee" Hemphill and Emmit Shorter, who were trapped June 3.

The pump has slowly been moved in and beyond the location of the machines to remove the spilled material from the units.

According to a MEMA news release, the operator is also looking at alternate plans using a long reach excavator or the slurry dive team that conducted the Robinson Run Coal impoundment recovery in West Virginia in 2012.

That employee's body was trapped in Consol Energy's Robinson Run coal slurry impoundment for more than two weeks. He was 20 feet down in the sediment.

Dive and rescue teams successfully completed a pipe drive recovery effort to safely access the cab of a submerged bulldozer and recover an employee from the cab of the bulldozer and bring him to the surface.

A state rescue/recovery team has been contacted and is now onsite.

Green Brothers and MSHA have been in charge of the recovery operation since it occurred close to 11:30 a.m. June 3. 

Copiah County, MEMA and other state resources are providing support to the operation as requested.

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