Turkey, mine accident in Bartın

5 of the miners rescued in Turkey, in critical condition

Those injured rescued after the explosion that cost the lives of 41 miners in a coal mine, have burns on up to 80% of their body.

The state of health of 5 of the miners rescued injured after the explosion in a coal mine in Bartın, northern Turkey, which killed 41 miners, continues to be critical, according to the Turkish Minister of Health Fahrettin Koca, who explained that many of the injured have severe burns on more than half of their body.

“The health status of five of our patients is still in the critical phase, and they are connected to ventilators,” Koca said, adding that several of the injured had been transferred to burn units in Istanbul hospitals.

The injured have burns that affect between 65 and 80% of their body; one of them even suffered a cardiac arrest in the hospital, although he was later able to be revived. The minister stressed that the first four days will be key to determine the evolution of the patients.

The accident at a coal mine in the town of Amasra, in Turkey’s Black Sea coast, occurred late on Friday at a time when there were 110 miners inside the mine, due to an accumulation of firedamp gas. The event has shocked the entire country, which still has fresh memories of the Soma mining disaster, which in 2014 caused the death of 301 miners.

Many countries have expressed their condolences to Turkey, including Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who despite bilateral tensions has offered to help with the rescue efforts.

Meanwhile, the accident site where the 41 miners died is being treated as a “crime scene” and several prosecutors in Turkey have launched an investigation to clarify what happened. It has been revealed now that several reports issued in 2017 and 2019, which precisely analyzed the situation in that mine, warned of the risk of accidents due to the use of electrical equipment, inadequate in areas with risk of gas accumulation, and recommended increasing safety measures.