50th anniversary of Sheppton Mine rescue in Schuylkill County

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 13, 2013 2:14 PM
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(Sheppton) -- The dramatic rescue of a pair of trapped Schuylkill County coal miners who survived 14 days underground riveted the public's attention in August 1963.

Fifty years later, the anniversary of the Sheppton Mine Disaster is being marked with a program near the mine site, at the grave of a third miner who perished in the collapse.
The miners were about 300 feet underground on August 13th, 1963, when the mine caved in, trapping them.

Miner Louis Bova became separated from the other two and was never found. But rescuers located David Fellin and Henry Throne after drilling a six-inch borehole and lowering a light and camera. 

Their rescue made international headlines.

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