“Seventeen bodies have been retrieved; the methane concentration is
reducing in the accident zone, it is down to 4% already,” he said.
The 18th body has been found 15 meters away from the rock face. It will be raised to the surface, as well.
Methane exploded at the Vorkutinskaya mine of Vorkutaugol at the
depth of 800 meters at approximately 10 a.m. on Monday. According to
latest updates, 26 workers happened to be in the explosion epicenter; 18
of them died, three were taken to the Vorkuta hospital and five walked
out of the mine unaided.