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Kentucky Miners Rescued From Bell County Coal Mine (VIDEO) [UPDATE]

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Pernell Witherspoon is congratulated after being rescued from within the Jellico Mine No 1. on Monday, June 20, 2011 in Middlesboro, Ky. Three mine maintenance workers were freed and appeared to be in good health Monday after being trapped for 14 hours in the flooded southeastern Kentucky mine. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke) | AP

UPDATE 1:03 a.m.

The Courier-Journal reports that the miners were rescued safely at approximately 8:20 p.m. Monday evening.



Three miners in southeastern Kentucky became trapped early Monday morning when part of the coal mine they were in collapsed from heavy rainfall, according to

All three miners are safe and are expected to be rescued this afternoon.

The mine is located near Middlesboro, a town of 10,000 in Bell County.

From CNN:

Communications were established with the miners, who were trapped behind water in the Jellico No. 1 mine, and emergency responders were speaking with them every 15 minutes, Mine Safety and Health Administration spokeswoman Amy Louviere said in a statement.

Responders were using four pumps to remove water from the mine, according to Louviere.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Dick Brown, a spokesman with the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, said that the miners are trapped 600 feet from the entrance to the mine.

Nearly five inches of rain fell in the area early Monday morning.

The Courier-Journal identified the miners as Russell Asher, Dough Warren and Parnell Witherspoon.

Bell County Coal Corporation owns the mine.

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