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Search continues for missing ATV riders believed to be in mine

The search is still on for four ATV riders missing since late Saturday along the Raleigh County/Boone County border. Family members were gathered in a staging area in Whitesville, WV today as they hoped, prayed, and waited on more information from local authorities.

An ATV belonging to one of the missing individuals was found close to an entrance of the Elk Run Coal Company’s Rock House Powellton Mine. Four rescuers, two from Alpha Natural Resources, and two from the West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training entered the mine Sunday, but were forced to exit due to water in the mine.

Today, the West Virginia National Guard provided six soldiers and three Humvees to assist the search effort. As of Monday afternoon, information was circulating that crews were up to 2500 feet deep within the mine.

The mine location is on the border of the Raleigh County and Boone County. Therefore, law enforcement agencies from both counties were helping with the operation and deploying new information to families.

Eddie Williams, the father of one family member, told WVVA News that he thinks the mine should of been sealed after operations had ceased. “I’m a praying man, and i do pray that the kids come out alright. But we know that its wrong to go in there. To me, when they close these operations down, they should be sealed,” Williams told WVVA News.

Ross Harris

Weekend Meteorologist/ Multimedia Journalist

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