Quarry mishap: NDRF takes up rescue works

Chennai: An NDRF team constituting 30 personnel from 4 battalion, were involved in intense rescue operation in the Tirunelveli quarry, where one worker died and two others are missing.

As rescue operations continued for several hours, information on the condition of those trapped in the rubble remained unclear. Heavy cranes and a chopper have been deployed for rescue operations.

Meanwhile, Tamilnadu Chief Minister M K Stalin announced an assistance of Rs one lakh each to six people, who were trapped when a huge boulder rolled down and fell into a 250 ft deep stone quarry pit at Adaimithippankulam near Munneerpallam in Tirunelveli district.

Police sources said so far three people were rescued from the debris and efforts were on to rescue the other three.

After the authorities rescued two people, the third person was rescued after a marathon 17 hour operation by the police, fire and NDRF personnel.
In a statement, the Chief Minister said six people–Murugan, Vijay, Selvam, Muruga, Rajendran and Selvakumar–were trapped. Of them Murugan and Vijay were rescued and admitted to hospital, even as the rescue operations were on, he said.

He said he has deputed Backward Classes Minister Rajakannappan, the Revenue and Disaster Management Secretary and the Director of Mining to the spot to oversee the relief operations.