Celebration planned for 15th Quecreek Mine anniversary in Somerset County

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 3, 2017 10:56 AM

FILE PHOTO: A visitor to the Quecreek Mine Rescue Visitors Center, in Somerset County, looks at the rescue shaft that was used to pull nine miners to safety on July 28, 2002, after they were trapped for 78 hours in a flooded portion of the Quecreek Mine. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

(Sipesville) -- A community festival is planned to mark the 15th anniversary of the rescue of nine miners trapped underground in the Quecreek Mine in Somerset County.

Mark Schweiker, who was governor during the 2002 disaster that trapped the miners underground for 77 hours, will address the media July 27 -- two days before the festival in Sipesvile.

Schweiker remained at the mine site until all nine miners were rescued on July 28, 2002.

The July 29 festival will include public tours of the mine rescue site.

The miners were rescued when crews drilled a small shaft used to bring the miners up one by one in a small, metal capsule.

They were trapped when water from an abandoned mine flooded their shaft 200 feet underground.

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