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Knockshinnoch Colliery Disaster, Scotland, 1950

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Source: YouTube
Added: 4 years ago
Tags: knockshinnoch, colliery, disaster, peat, subsidence, cave-in, accident, rescue, coal, history, historical, scotland, uk
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Description: Nearly 60 years ago one of the worst mining accidents in the history of British coal mining occurred in the Ayrshire village of New Cumnock. For several tense days in September 1950 the worlds media descended on the small Ayrshire mining village. The world paused with baited breath as rescuers battled bravely against all odds to reach the 129 men trapped deep underground when a field above where they were working caved-in, flooding the mine workings with thick liquid peat, cutting off all means of escape. This is a truly remarkable story of how ordinary men worked tirelessly in a race against time and the forces of nature to achieve one of the most dramatic and remarkable rescues ever attempted.
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