August 7, 2009
Members of the West Elk Mine rescue team, of Somerset in Gunnison County, go over a simulated rescue scenario Wednesday at Moffat County High School before a timer starts. The team of six had 90 minutes to systematically explore a simulated mine and safely evacuate a victim.
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To prepare for the worst, each underground coal mine has two mine rescue teams, and 20 of those teams gathered in Craig this week to participate in a competition.