Salt Mine In Hutchinson Ready If Rescues Needed

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

As the world watched the rescue of 33 miners in Chile, officials at a Kansas salt mine are offering assurances that they are ready should a rescue ever become necessary.

Myron Marcotte, the underground supervisor for Hutchinson Salt Co., says he is confident of the plans in place if a rescue is ever needed in Hutchinson.

The 650-foot-deep salt mine is equipped with a missile-shaped escape capsule similar to those used in the Chile rescue.

Marcotte says miners use the capsule in a 32-inch-wide escape shaft every week, to be sure it is operating correctly.

The Hutchinson News reports that the mine also has a miners' rescue area behind air-locked double doors. It's stocked with water, blankets, fire extinguishers and first aid equipment.

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