A miner is ‘pulled alive’ from Russian ‘death trap’ mine where 52 died

A miner has been miraculously rescued alive from a ‘death trap’ Russian mine where 52 people died in an underground explosion.

The man believed to be dead was recovered from the wreckage and rushed to a local hospital, emergency minister Alexander Chupriyan said.

A total of 46 miners and six rescuers were killed after a gas leak on Thursday caused a devastating explosion 800 meters underground in the Siberian pit, in one of the worst disasters to hit the heart of the country since Soviet times.

About 63 people were injured, 50 of them in hospital and four in intensive care.

Distressed widows told local media that their husbands had been ordered to work despite significant methane leaks and everyone knew it was dangerous.

Police on Friday arrested two state safety inspectors who, according to investigators, gave the mine a safety certificate in November without ever checking the facility.

Confused relatives are seen Friday morning at the Listvyazhnaya coal mine in the town of Belovo in the Kuznetsk coal basin in southwestern Siberia’s Kemerovo region.

A woman sobs at the entrance to the Listvyazhnaya coal mine, near the town of Belovo in the Kemerovo region, on Friday

A woman sobs at the entrance to the Listvyazhnaya coal mine, near the town of Belovo in the Kemerovo region, on Friday

Shattered relatives of the miners outside the facility entrance this morning

Shattered relatives of the miners outside the facility entrance this morning

Kemerovo Region Governor Sergei Tsivilev (R) and Russia's Acting Emergency Situations Minister Alexander Chupriyan are seen by the Listvyazhnaya mine in the Kuznetsk coalfield, in the Kemerovo region, southwestern Siberia, where an accident occurred occurred

Kemerovo Region Governor Sergei Tsivilev (R) and Russia’s Acting Emergency Situations Minister Alexander Chupriyan are seen by the Listvyazhnaya mine in the Kuznetsk coalfield, in the Kemerovo region, southwestern Siberia, where an accident occurred occurred

The relatives of the victims are seen at the Listvyazhnaya coal mine in the city of Belovo

The relatives of the victims are seen at the Listvyazhnaya coal mine in the city of Belovo

Three other people, including the director of the Listvyazhnaya mine and his deputy, were arrested late Thursday.

Some of the dead were torn to pieces in the horrific explosion at Listvyazhnaya pit in Russia’s Kemerovo region, local accounts say.

Earlier today, it was only possible to release six bodies.

A video shows award-winning mine director Sergey Makhrakov, 47, being held.

His deputy, 59, and the mine manager, 36, plus two others, were also detained by Russian law enforcement officers.

One victim of the tragedy was miner Oleg Kovalev, 25, who planned to marry his girlfriend Alena Kiatkina, 22, next spring.

“The grief and despair are unbearable,” said a local woman.

Sergey Fonderantsev, 27, with his girlfriend.  He died tragically in the blast

Maxim Golovnin, 27, with his wife

Victims: Sergey Fonderantsev, 27, with his girlfriend (left) and Maxim Golovnin, 27, with his wife (right)

Oleg Kovalyov, 25, with his girlfriend Alena, he died in the blast

Oleg Kovalyov, 25, with his girlfriend Alena, he died in the blast

Vyacheslav Yevseev, 39, with his wife and children.  He was killed in the blast

Vyacheslav Yevseev, 39, with his wife and children. He was killed in the blast

Boris Piyalkin, 55, who died in the blast, with an unidentified woman

Boris Piyalkin, 55, who died in the blast, with an unidentified woman

Yevgeny Samchinsky, 42

Sergey Rolin, age 47

Victims: Evgeniy Samchinsky, 42, (left) and Sergey Rolin, 47

Chemistry teacher Inna Piyalkina, whose husband, miner Boris Piyalkin, 55, was killed in the explosion, told others the mine had had gas leaks prior to the explosion.

Survivors and widows have claimed they would work despite methane levels triggering sensors.

“My husband is gone now,” she said.

‘Everyone knew about (problems with safety at the mine).

“Methane has been on the roof for a long time.

“My husband had a sensor, he wore it on his chest…

“It squeaked, and my husband wet it with water to stop the squeaking — and they continued to work.”

She told Russian media: “Every day my husband came home and said the methane was reaching 6 percent.”

Andrey Chuvashov, 40, who died in the explosion

Andrey Chuvashov, 40, who died in the explosion

Evgeniy Zhalnin, 32, was one of the dead

Evgeniy Zhalnin, 32, was one of the dead

She called for “punishment” bosses in the big mine.

An inspection of the mine had been carried out shortly before the blast, it was revealed.

Those responsible for the inspection have now been arrested.

An unnamed miner said those at the epicenter of the “huge” explosion “turned into minced meat.”

Some had limbs torn off, he said.

They were “wiped off the face of the earth,” he said.

According to a report, miners had warned of increased methane gas readings at the mine, but were still ordered to work or lose their wages.

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