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Rescued man says mine ordeal was ‘life changing’ and he learned his lesson

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CLEAR CREEK, W.Va. (AP) – The Latest on the rescue of three adults at an abandoned coal mine in West Virginia (all times local):

10:45 a.m.

One of three adults rescued after four days in an abandoned coal mine in West Virginia says he learned a valuable lesson.

The faces of Cody Beverly and the others were covered in soot as they emerged from an ambulance and were reunited with loved ones Wednesday night before being taken to a hospital for treatment.

Beverly says the four-day experience “was terrible.”

Beverly thanked the crews that had been searching for the group since Sunday. He told NBC News, “This is the biggest lesson I’ve ever learned in my life. This is a life-changing experience for me.”

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9:35 a.m.

The father of a woman found alive after spending days in an underground coal mine in West Virginia says his daughter went into the mine in search of copper.

Randall Williams told CBS News that people in the region do “whatever they can do to make money if they ain’t got a job.” It’s not uncommon for people in the area to enter abandoned mines in search of copper to sell.

His daughter, Kayla Williams, and two others, Erica Treadway and Cody Beverly, were found Wednesday inside Elk Run Coal’s Rock House Powellton mine near Clear Creek. TV news video later showed them emerging from an ambulance and walking into a hospital escorted by law officers and rescue workers. They had been reported missing Saturday.

The mine was described as non-operational.



Tyler Barker

Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at tbarker@woay.com


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