Perilous plunge

On the National Geographic Channel, catch “Situation Critical — Miracle at Quecreek” today, 8 p.m. which shows the rescue operation of miners battling for their lives 240 feet below ground in a mine. On July 24, 2002, eighteen miners descend into the Black Wolf mine in Quecreek, Pennsylvania.

A few hours later, their lives are plunged into peril when one of the miners accidentally breaks through into a long abandoned mine — unleashing 60 million gallons of stagnant groundwater. Seventy seven hours later, the miners are plucked to safety through a 30-inch wide rescue shaft, drilled by their heroic team of rescuers.

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