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"I won't go underground ever again"-Turkey mine survivor

Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 01:17

May 15 - A 30-year-old man rescued from a coal mine in Turkey lives to tell the tale of his survival vowing never to go underground again. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Bodies are pulled from a coal mine in western Turkey after a massive explosion and fire on Tuesday. The death toll is now about 280 in one of the country's worst mining disaster ever. 30-year old underground crane operator Murat Yokus came out alive. (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) MINE WORKER, MURAT YOKUS, SAYING: "When the explosion ripped through my shift was over and I was heading to the exit. I saw smoke and thought something was on fire but I couldn't figure out what was going on because we were not close to that area. We went to another section and waited there for nearly four hours and after spending four hours there, I cannot remember what happened. The oxygen was reducing and after a while they found us." His mining days are over. (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) MINE WORKER, MURAT YOKUS, SAYING: "I will do my best not to enter a coal mine ever again. If the government helps, provides opportunities for decent work then it might change but I won't go underground ever again and make my living from there." At least 282 people have been confirmed dead. Hopes are now fading for the 100 or so people still thought to be inside.

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"I won't go underground ever again"-Turkey mine survivor

Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 01:17