I watched it very interesting, I personally cannot believe they have escaped without going to prison ,with so many people claiming to of seen illegal workings it shocks me that they did not clear up some of the mess inside to re survey the mine and then continue the trial .
Just watched it. Easy to be wise after the event. I would have left the mine BEFORE setting off the charge. The whole mine looked shaky.
I watched it then read the HSE report. TBH, looking at the pictures from both the TV report and the HSE report, being a mine explorer, I would have looked in that entrance adit and run away! Being mainly into slate mines, I view chambers where pillar robbing has taken place with great suspicion before deciding whether to go in - you won't find me in certain chambers in Cwmorthin for instance 8E OV for one!)However, they were supposed experienced miners so dug it to scratch a living. It seems the mine plan was reasonably accurate - except it didn't show the illegal workings but these were stated by HSE to not have caused the tragedy. It seems that where the mine plan failed was that the old workings were shown to have been 7m nearer where they were digging that stall and that they hadn't used the long test drill searching for old workings / water before that last blast. They had previously used the long test drill as it was found in the debris but no sign of it being used for that last pattern... And they paid the price, 2500 - 3000 Te of water rushed in through the hole...The survivors, including the manager, will have to live with what happened for the rest of their lives.
And floors erupting upwards....
Quote from: Tomferry on September 17, 2021, 12:27:45 pmAnd floors erupting upwards....At Point of Ayr colliery you could walk out to the face at the start of your shift and *just* reach up and touch the roof.End of the shift walking back your head could be bumping the same roof!
Am I right in understanding that they were pushing their tunnel uphill towards old workings in a "wet" area that could have contained - and in fact did contain - a considerable quantity of water that would undoubtedly flow into their tunnel when they broke through?
Not if something had collapsed overnight, moving water from one place to another, or the blast disturbed other unrecorded workings nearby.
... Cobb was an expert witness for the defence ... introducing doubt is part of his job...
I doubt even the manager knows where the water came from. He is lucky to be alive.
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