I heard on the news this morning that the miners in West Virginia were only 1500 ft. from clear air. I know they did what they are trained to do, but I just know I would be inclined to make a run for it. This is just so sad, my prayers are with the families; mining is such a hard life.
That's like saying that if the Titanic had just been 6 or 8 feet further south all those people would have lived and we'd never had heard of the Titanic. So what's the point? Lots of occupations are dangerous, including underground mining. But mining deaths are at an all time low. Still, accidents will inevitably happen from time to time.
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1500 ft. is a LONG way when you are under solid rock, in the dark, and don't know what is ahead. Actually it's over 1/4 of a mile. They did what they were trained to do and IF the rescuers could have made it to them a few hours sooner they would have lived.
It is tragic but the reason that people do survive in crisis situations is that they do what they are trained to do and the ones that don't are usually the ones that don't make it. It's another reason why you need to pay attention to where your muster station is on a cruise ship and why the ship's personnel need to be well trained.
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