3 people trapped in abandoned West Virginia mine found alive

They were reportedly brought out safely and taken to a hospital

3 people trapped in abandoned West Virginia mine found alive
Kayla Williams, Erica Treadway and Cody Beverly hadn't been seen since Saturday. (Source: WVVA/CNN)

RALEIGH CO., WV (WVVA/CNN/RNN) – Three missing people were found alive in an abandoned West Virginia coal mine Wednesday evening, multiple outlets are reporting.

Kayla Williams, Erica Treadway and Cody Beverly hadn’t been seen since Saturday.

Rescuers brought them out of the Rock House Powellton mine safely Wednesday night and transported them to a local hospital for medical treatment, said Samantha Smith of the West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training, Reuters reported.

Smith said she didn’t have immediate information on the condition of the three.

Family members had been eagerly awaiting word on their loved ones. Greg Scarbro, Beverly’s grandfather, spoke Tuesday while waiting to hear more.

“I don’t know how he ended up under there, what possessed him,” Scarbro said. “I can’t answer any of those questions. All I know is he’s there.”

One of the men who was able to escape the mine Monday night directed rescuers to their location.

"He has not been arrested; he is cooperating with us," said Raleigh County Sheriff Scott Van Mater. "No charges have been filed against anybody."

Mud and water inside the idled mine presented problems for first responders.

Scarbro had earlier been wondering if everything possible was being done.

“Well, my grandson has been in that mine for over 80 hours,” he said Tuesday. “Over 80 hours and he’s still under there.”

Crews pumped air into the mine and worked to remove standing water from one of the entryways. With each hour that passed, the frustration of waiting grew for loved ones.

“When it’s one of your kids, you want it done now. We’re hoping and praying and believing that things are going to work out good,” Scarbro said Tuesday.

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