Families Lash Owners for Abandoning Trapped Miners

Little hope left for six men
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 19, 2007 11:10 PM CDT
Health Administration, Friday, Aug. 17, 2007, in Huntington, Utah. The search for six miners missing deep underground was abruptly halted after a second cave-in killed three rescue workers and injured...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Angry relatives of six men missing for two weeks in a Utah mine collapse have accused owners and federal officials of quitting on the rescue effort and leaving the miners for dead. Officials conceded yesterday that the miners may never be found in the mountain, still quivering from seismic activity, AP reports.  

"They've given up and are just waiting for the six miners to expire," said a spokesman for the families as some 70 relatives of the men stood behind him. Readings from a fourth hole drilled into the mountain found inadequate oxygen and rescue workers have detected no signs of life from the buried miners.