Reservists Rush Aid to Utah Mine; Navy Begins Diving at Minnesota Bridge
By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Aug. 7, 2007 An Air Force Reserve C-17 Globemaster III today rushed equipment needed to rescue six miners trapped in a cave-in in Huntington, Utah, and Navy divers are ready to begin work at the site of the collapsed bridge in Minneapolis. (Video)
The Department of Labor asked for the aircraft to move a seismic vehicle, a shelter, an auxiliary truck and a small number of people to Utah. Pentagon officials said the 317th Airlift Squadron's C-17 and crew from Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., picked up the equipment in Pittsburgh, using the 911th Airlift Wing's facilities.
The seismic vehicle is to be used to listen for signs of life in the collapsed mine, labor officials said.
In Minneapolis, about 30 Defense Department personnel are working in support of state and local authorities. “The Navy diving detachment is on site and the salvage team consists of 18 personnel and six-man support team,” Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said.
The divers, part of Mobile Dive and Salvage Unit 2 in Little Creek, Va., will search for bodies at the disaster scene and move tons of rubble from the bridge that collapsed into the Mississippi River on Aug. 1.