Three people who entered a coal mine on Saturday were just found last night.
Erica Treadway, 31, Kayla Williams, 25, and Cody Beverly, 21, were all being taken to a hospital for treatment after the rescue, according to Samantha Smith of the West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training.
The trio crawled through a ventilation shaft to reach the surface, but search and rescue crews had been looking for them since Sunday.
“A fourth person who was with the group when they entered the mine while riding all-terrain vehicles, 43-year-old Eddie Williams, found his way out to alert authorities about his missing friends.”
Randy Williams, the father of Kayla Williams, one of the people saved from the Rock House Powellton mine near the town of Clear Creek, told reporters that he thought the group entered the abandoned mine to look for scrap copper to sell.
“It’s worth money,” he told the network. “A couple of years ago it was almost $4 a pound. You could make $1,000 a day.”
Crews worked diligently, pumping water out and fresh air in the abandoned mine since early Sunday, according to reports.
The West Virginia National Guard assisted local and state agencies in the rescue.
“All West Virginians who are driving, riding ATVs, or hiking near abandoned mines please stop entering the abandoned mines,” Governor Jim Justice said on Sunday.
Not only that, this behavior costs the state large amounts of money to conduct the rescues, which would not have been needed if these adults, who should have known better, hadn’t entered the underground facility.
In 2010 a coal mine explosion in the area killed 29 people, making other wonder why anyone would voluntarily enter one that was abandoned.
Some people have speculated on the conditions of the people found, but no information has been released yet.