Virginia Beach Man Invents Way To Track Miners

August 10, 2007

An inventor in Virginia Beach says that his system tested in Ohio two weeks ago could be helpful after mine cave ins like the one in Utah.

Russell Breeding, a former Navy submarine technician, says that the underground system that he developed uses sensors that can track miners within three meters of their location.

The recent test of Breeding's system took place at Ohio's Century Mine, owned by Murray Energy. The same company that operates the mine where six workers are trapped.

Breeding says he got the idea after West Virginia's Sago Mine disaster last year where 13 miners were trapped for nearly two days. Only one of those miners survived.

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