The Indian Navy “suspended” its operation on Sunday to retrieve the decomposed body of one of the 15 miners trapped inside an illegal flooded coal mine in Meghalaya’s East Jaintia Hills district, an official said.
“The Naval divers suspended their operation to pull out the remains of an unidentified miner as the body is disintegrating with every pull by the UROV (underwater remotely operated vehicle) jaw,” Rescue Operation spokesperson, R Susngi said.
On Wednesday, the navy had detected a corpse of a trapped miner through remotely-operated vehicle (ROV) inside the mine’s main shaft.
The miners have been trapped in the illegal mine since December 13.
The families of the trapped miners had said that they want the dead bodies of the miners to be taken out.
The Navy divers are waiting for further instructions from the government.
A Supreme Court bench had earlier expressed dissatisfaction over the outcome of the rescue operations.