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Quick Thinking & Rescue Devices Save Two Lives

MSHA (Mine Safety and Health Administration) reports that a pair of miners used oxygen-supplying self-rescue devices to save two of their co-workers who were in danger of suffocation at the Ohio Valley Coal Company's Powhatan No.6 mine near St. Clairsville, Ohio.

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“I heard him hollering down in the hole as soon as I got there,” he said. “I was just glad to see him alive.”

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