6th Hole Shows No Signs of Life

By Caroline Miller,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 25, 2007 9:45 PM CDT
A T-shirt showing the names of six trapped coal miners inside the Crandall Canyon Mine is seen during a fundraiser, Sunday, Aug. 19, 2007, in Price, Utah. Officials extinguished nearly all hope of finding...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The last hole drilled into the collapsed Utah mine where six men are trapped yielded no hopeful sign today; the space it reached was too small to support the men, a lawyer for some of the families told the press. "The only thing they told us is there is no void where the sixth hole is; there is no space," he told the AP after a meeting with mine officials.

The families are distraught, the lawyer said, after drilling was completed this afternoon, with disappointing results. Crandall Canyon mine owners have said the sixth hole would be the last effort to rescue the miners; family members feel drilling should continue if only to retrieve their bodies.