Pa. Gov. Mark Schweiker celebrates after announcing the 9 miners were alive.
SOMERSET, Pa. Â â€”Â In the final stage of a rescue effort that has dragged on for three days, exuberant workers pulled all nine coal miners from the chamber where they were stranded far beneath the earth's surface.
Officials have identified the freed miners, in order of rescue, as Randy Fogle, Harry B. Mayhugh, Thomas Foy, John Unger, John Phillippi, Ronald Hileman, Dennis Hall, Robert Pugh and Mark Popernack. The men were pulled out approximately every fifteen minutes.
Battered American flags were seen on the sides of some of the miners' helmets as they were pulled to safety. All the men were soaking wet. When the fourth was pulled up in the yellow, cylindrical capsule, a smile was visible on his blackened face.
All nine men were transported to hospitals, where they were to remain for 24 hours and be reunited with their families, officials said.
Like many who have prayed for the safety of these miners I rejoice, in hearing at 8.00pm this Lord's Day evening, of their rescue. I was reminded how many saints, as Isa 50.10, are trusting and waiting upon the LORD in a period of trial and as yet 'hath no light'. How wonderful is our God, as Psalm 40 'I WAITED patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust..'
As I presently wait upon the LORD I was blessed to hear this morning the sermon below: "Saul Couldn't Wait Because He Didn't Trust Rev. Steve Swires Â· It Takes Faith To Wait 1Samuel 10:1-9 13:8-14 Â· Sunshine Community Baptist Church"
Then later to hear these miners had been rescued. Hear this sermon as an encouragement TO WAIT UPON THE LORD-we shall never be dissappointed! Glory to God who worketh ALL THINGS after the counsel of HIS OWN WILL!