Three out of six workers trapped inside a 300-foot deep quarry in Tamil Nadu's Tirunelveli district have been rescued, while efforts to extract the others is underway.
The workers who are still trapped in the quarry are Murugan, Vijay, Selvam, Murugan, Rajendran, and Selvakumar. The incident took place near Ponnakudi on the night of Saturday, 14 May, after a giant stone fell inside the quarry.
Asra Garg, Inspector General of Police, Southern Range told NDTV that those rescued are being provided with required medical assistance, said Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramanian, reported ANI.
The incident reportedly happened after boulders at the quarry mines in Muneer Pallam area rolled from top and a giant stone fell into the quarry. Due to this, their truck was made immobile, an official told NDTV.
Meanwhile, a 30-member team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) from 4th Battalion Arakkonam has been rushed to the site to rescue those who are trapped. Another NDRF team is also reportedly helping in the rescue. A 24X7 control room is also monitoring the situation along with Tamil Nadu State Administration, NDRF said, reported news agency ANI.
On Sunday morning, a helicopter was also roped in to carry out the rescue operations.
"The structure of the quarry is such that it could take some more time to rescue all those trapped. At the moment we are not sure if there are more people trapped in the quarry other than the four workers", Garg told NDTV.
(With inputs from NDTV, ANI)