The Greatest Mines Rescue in History

By Ian McMurdo

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Carn Publishing

Carn Publishing Ltd.ᅠis a small specialist publisher based in the Ayrshire countryside. Established in 1991.We publish a selection of books with the main focus being on local history.

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This book tells the dramatic story of what is still the greatest mines rescue in world history. Knockshinnoch Castle Colliery collapsed on 7 September 1950 trapping 129 miners below ground. The Knockshinnoch Disaster was to be headline news for days, and the story of the remarkable rescue gripped the world. Over a period of days, 116 miners were rescued by digging from their dark chamber into a disused mine nearby. Tragically, 13 were to perish in the pit.

This account tells the miners' story, using information related by survivors of the disaster, family and friends, as well as those involved in the rescue. Written in ‘diary style', this book charts the minute-by-minute drama as the deadly gas and tension build up in the West Mine, and the end-game reaches fever-pitch.

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Additional Information

Format Paperback
Imprint Carn Publishing
Publication Date 30 Oct 2015
ISBN 9781911043010
Number of Pages 312

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