Bulgarian President Vows Justice after Deadly Coal Mine Collapse

Domestic | August 2, 2013, Friday // 19:35|  views

Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev. Photo by BGNES

Bulgarian president Rosen Plevneliev has assured that the officials responsible for the tragic incident in the collapsed Oranovo coal mine in Southwestern Bulgaria, will be brought to justice.

“I believe that the ones liable for the tragedy in the coal mine “Oranovo” will be held responsible”, the Bulgarian president told reporters.

“I believe that the investigation undertaken will resolve the reasons for the accident and if it is found out that the reasons are absence of adequate control and poor safety standards, the officials liable for that will be held responsible”, assured the president Plevneliev.

The president emphasized his admiration for the actions of the rescue teams who rendered aid to victims of the accident.

“They turned out to be an extraordinary example of commitment and heroism and they got the appreciation and the respect from the whole country”, he said.

The president expressed his condolences for the victims.

On July 16, a fatal collapse at the mine Oranovo killed 2 miners (Asen Stoynev, 41, and Hristo Mladenov, 45) and left 2 others (Ivan Lazarov, 35, and Nikolay Mihaylov, 42) trapped 450 meters below the surface underneath an avalanche of mud, rocks and water.

The dead bodies of Lazarov and Mihaylov were discovered Friday morning after an 18-day search.

On Thursday, one miner passed away inside the mine from a heart attack.

The deadly rockfall on July 16 was the fourth major accident in eight years at the mine.
The mine is located about 2 km from the town of Simitli, which declared 3-day mourning.

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