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Rescuers race to save 2 trapped UK miners after 2 found dead

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A couple comfort each other as they leave Rhos community center as emergency services and rescue specialists continue the operation to rescue a group of miners that have been trapped 300ft underground after a coal mine tunnel collapsed and flooded near the village of Cilybebyll in the Swansea Valley, Wales, on Sept. 16. Two miners have now been confirmed to have died.

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Two mine rescue workers leave the Rhos community center on Sept. 16 as emergency services and rescue specialists continue the operation to rescue four Welsh miners.

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A handout picture taken on Sept. 15 and obtained from South Wales Police on Friday shows rescuers at the entrance of the Gleision Colliery.

msnbc.com news services report:

 British rescue workers found the body of a second miner while searching a flooded coal mine in south Wales as officials insisted they remain hopeful of finding two others trapped underground.

Fire department official Chris Margetts said the first dead miner was found at the bottom of the main mine shaft and the second was found where he had been working in the Gleision Colliery near Swansea.

Margetts said there was no sign of the trapped miners where the bodies were found which means they've moved away.

"The search and rescue operation is still on-going and we maintain hope we can find them alive," he said. Continue reading.

1 miner is found dead and 3 of his colleagues are missing after a coal mine in Wales was flooded on Thursday. Rupert Evelyn of ITV News reports.