One of the main tasks today is to ensure the miners and rescuers’ safety through a controlled drain of the water accumulated in the open pit mine into the underground mine. As of 7.00 am local time, the water level went up to – 298.8 meters. Additional pumps will be put into operation when the mark of – 222 meters is reached.
According to real time measurements, as of 8:00 am (local time) on August 15, 2017, level – 310 meters of Mir underground mine is flooded with water over one meter high. Rescuers’ descent down to level – 310 meters is impossible as it is life threatening.
Alexey Mariin, the brother of the miner trapped underground, who expressed his distrust to the rescue operation and accused the organizers of hiding information, spend 2.5 hours underground today. He went down the mine at 8.30 am, together with a morning shift team consisting of 22 mine rescuers and volunteer miners. A representative of ALROSA’s Industrial Safety Department accompanied the group. Together with the rescuers, Alexey Mariin inspected the workings of the ventilation and backfill gallery.
August 9 is the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples. These small ethnic groups are carriers of 5 thousand diverse cultures. Their representatives live in more than 90 countries. The study of the life of indigenous peoples has become a work for Alexander Khimushin, an Australian photographer who was born in Yakutia.
The search and rescue operations at the Mir mine continue. About 160 people from ALROSA participate in them. In total, 330 people are involved in the operation, including divers from the Ministry of Emergencies, as well as ALROSA industrial alpinists, specially summoned to Mirny from Aikhal.