Tuesday, June 27, 2017

15th Anniversary Of Quecreek Mine Rescue Community Celebration July 29 In Somerset

The 15th anniversary of the Quecreek Mine Rescue in Somerset County with a Community Celebration on July 29 at the mine rescue site, 140 Haupt Road in Somerset from 3:00 to 9:45 p.m.
The Celebration is a free community event featuring museum tours on the site, live entertainment, children’s activities, food vendors, a car cruise and ending with fireworks.
Click Here for a full schedule of events on the 29th and earlier in the week.
  On July 24, 2002 coal miners broke through into an abandoned, water-filled mine flooding the Quecreek Mine with over 150 million gallons of water.  Nine miners scrambled to safety, but nine were trapped in a pocket of air in the dark, cold, water filled mine.
The nine miners were rescued four days later through the combined efforts of state and federal mine rescue agencies and hundreds of workers and local volunteers.
Click Here to watch a video produced by the Commonwealth Media Services documenting the decisions made step-by-step during the rescue effort.
The celebration is being coordinated by the Quecreek Mine Rescue Foundation and a special 15th anniversary planning committee that includes the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce.
The Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization that relies on support from the public to educate the public about the rescue and to maintain and operate the mine rescue  area and a visitors center.
For more information on the 2002 mine rescue, contact the Quecreek Mine Rescue Foundation or make a donation by writing: 140 Haupt Road, Somerset, PA 15501, calling 814-445-5090.

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