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Accident on the "World": "No money you can not replace a person"

EastRussia followed Yury Trutnev's visit to the Mir mine in Yakutia

14 August, the presidential envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District Yuri Trutnev arrived in Mirny, who inspected the rescue work that is being carried out after the accident at the Mir mine.

Accident on the "World": "No money you can not replace a person
Photo: Photo by Maria Vasilyeva
Recall that the accident happened on August 4. A large volume of water accumulated at the bottom of the already closed Mir open pit, as a result of a breakthrough, fell into the mines. At that time, 151 employees of the Alrosa diamond company were working underground. Immediately, the head of Yakutia, Yegor Borisov, and the head of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, Vladimir Puchkov, flew to the scene. The rescue operation began. The evacuation of the miners was complicated by the power outage and the stoppage of the lift. At the Mir station, an operational headquarters was deployed in the shortest possible time, a backup generator and lifts were launched, thanks to which 142 people were raised almost immediately after the emergency. A day later, Alisher Mirzaev was dragged out. The fate of the eight miners is still unknown.

Journalists flew to Mirny from Yakutsk earlier than the plenipotentiary. From the takeoff site of the Mirninsky airport, media representatives were taken to the administrative building of the Mir mine to wait there for the arrival of Yuri Trutnev.

“We all live in tension. The whole city seemed to be frozen. Of course, life goes on with people, even some weddings are played. But still, we live in constant expectation of news from underground. The worst is WhatsApp mailings with a wide variety of content. Well, who can joke like that? ”Said Oksana Davlekamova, adviser to the president of Alrosa. Other company representatives said that rescue work is being carried out around the clock in three shifts. Miners are actively involved in the search, including those who got out of the mine after the accident. The total group involved in the liquidation of the consequences of the accident is 320 people, of which 150 are employees of Alrosa.

After not very long waiting for journalists, they were taken to the careers of "Mir" - it turned out that the plenipotentiary must come here first of all, so that he could be brought to the table. The incision, where more than 40 years of open-pit mining of diamond-bearing ore, went out of operation as early as 2001. The pit has a depth of 525 meters and a diameter of 1,2 kilometers. Over the years of development, diamonds were mined from the deposit, according to unofficial data, by 17 billion US dollars and about 350 million cubic meters of rock was exported.

The first thing that caught my eye near the pit was no water at the bottom. Before the accident, its volume at the bottom of the section was estimated at approximately 300 thousand cubic meters. Part of the 4 poured August in the mine, and some remained. Representatives of the company explained: the water continued to flow into the mine, and it was not possible to pump it out of the quarry. That is why helicopters were dumped from helicopters, which were able to widen the cleft. The water went completely to the mines, from where it was pumped out with the help of powerful pumps. Thus managed to temporarily eliminate the threat to the search teams.

Yury Trutnev's career came soon to the observation deck, accompanied by Yegor Borisov, the head of Yakutia, Igor Sobolev, the vice-president of Alrosa, the heads of rescuers. The company's president, Sergei Ivanov, was unable to attend because he was urgently summoned to Moscow on Sunday. Trutnev immediately asked the question to Igor Sobolev at the expense of the opportunity to avoid the accumulation of water in the quarry. When the vice-president started answering, profusely using technical terms, journalists were asked to come down from the observation deck.

Next, the plenipotentiary and the head of Yakutia were assigned meetings on measures to eliminate the consequences of the accident and search and rescue operations. At the first meeting, identified in the schedule as "narrow", representatives again were not allowed to enter the media. In general, all work in Mirny is now conducted in the most closed mode. Even when members of the media were asked to observe the activities of the operational headquarters formed during the search period, the company's employees asked journalists not to interfere with their work and leave the command post.

At the second meeting, designated as "extended", we went into more detail about the preliminary causes of the accident. Igor Sobolev, under the strict look of Yuri Trutnev, with the help of graphic materials told why it was not possible in previous years to prevent the penetration of water into the quarry. 

"We used a variant with a dry preservation system, when a safety flyer was left in the depth of the quarry, and several layers of different rocks were to provide water disposal through a vertical pump. All breakthroughs of water through the quarry were to be collected by a system of concrete water trap barriers and pumped out with a pump. Most importantly, it was necessary not to let the water below the 210 horizon, because at deeper levels there are layers of salt. These rocks are easily washed away with water, "he said.

After the second meeting, spent most of the time outside the sights of the video cameras, Yury Trutnev met with the relatives of the missing miners and only then appeared before the journalists. "Questions from relatives, of course, are related to the effectiveness of carrying out prospecting works, their duration. People ask when rescuers come to areas where, presumably, miners can be. For the reasons of the accident there were also questions, "the plenipotentiary representative said.

According to him, rescuers need from one and a half to three and a half days to reach the areas where miners can be. "As for the causes of the accident, I would not rush to conclusions. We are obliged to answer several questions: was it possible to avoid it, to predict whether it was necessary to stop the work and withdraw people, "Trutnev said.

The Vice Prime Minister also stressed that a commission was established in Rostekhnadzor, which included independent experts: "He specifically insisted that people who were not involved in the Mir mine and who were not involved in the operation of the mine, or in drawing up the project, because we will deal with those and others. "

According to him, the company "ALROSA" assumed the responsibility that all people who lost their jobs were employed. Assistance to the victims will be provided by an integrated one - from the leadership of the republic and the enterprise.

"In terms of support, I can not say anything yet, one thing is clear - material assistance will be provided. Now we need to focus on saving people, because no money can replace a person, "stressed Trutnev. After talking with the press, he immediately left for Mirny airport.

A day after the visit of the vice-premier in the headquarters of the liquidation of the consequences of the accident, they were informed that search and rescue work will be stopped on the horizon -310. The reason is that the mine is flooded, and further searches pose a serious threat to the lives of rescuers. Judging by the electronic marks that equipped the helmets of all miners, at the time of the accident, four out of eight missing miners allegedly were on the horizon-310. Now the main rescue works are being carried out on the horizon -210.

Conditions in semi-submerged mines are very heavy. The mudflow, pouring into the mine workings on the day of the accident, destroyed all the communications of the mine: pipeline, cable network, machinery and mechanisms. Rescuers are forced to extract all this from rock and clay, before moving forward at least a step. The pace of search and rescue work, according to representatives of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia, in such conditions is maximum. On 15 August search crews cleared about a kilometer of blockages, shipped about 12 000 cubic meters (300 railway cars) of rock mass, surveyed about 10 kilometers of mine workings.

16 August the water once again accumulated at the bottom of the quarry. Again, the threat was eliminated with the help of helicopters. Mine rescue work on the horizon-210 continues. The next shift - 13 man of mine rescuers and 63 miner of Myrninsky GOK took place.

To date, the mine still remains:
Vlasenko Alexey Vladimirovich, machinist of the drilling rig.
Zhukov Dmitry Evgenievich, the operator of the drilling rig.
Kulikov Vitaly Vitalyevich, and. head of the site.
Marin Dmitry Mihailovich, the drill rig engineer.
Mirontsev Gleb Aleksandrovich, miner of the bottomhole.
Misnik Valentin Anatolyevich, site master (interchangeable).
Neustroev Mikhail Yuryevich, a drilling rig driver.
Stepanov Igor Anatolievich, an explosive.
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