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Private agency roped in for rescue of Meghalaya mine workers

Planys Technologies crew deploy an ROV Mike to carry out underwater inspection at a steel plant. Picture for representation. Photo: Facebook/@planystech

Planys Technologies crew deploy an ROV Mike to carry out underwater inspection at a steel plant. Picture for representation. Photo: Facebook/@planystech  

A remote operated vehicle (ROV) along with an operating crew left for Meghalaya to join the operation to rescue 15 miners who have been trapped in a 370-feet deep illegal mine in the Lumthari village since December 13, 2018. A private company, Planys Technologies from Chennai, will provide men and machinery to rescue workers.

The team, which left the Air Force Station at Tambaram on Saturday morning, is expected to join the rescue operations by Sunday morning. This will provide ROV operations of a minimal size, as sought by rescuers at the spot.

The ROV operations are aimed at identifying and entering rat holes in the incident shaft, while simultaneously sanitising the adjacent shafts. Since the miners were trapped, rescuers have been struggling hard to pump water out from the inundated mine.

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