Three workers were killed and it took five days for 500 rescuers to retrieve their bodies
Rescuers early Monday recovered the body of Bui Van Quy, 23, the last of the three dead victims in a coal mine collapse in the northern province of Hoa Binh last week.
His body was found behind a large rock at about 2:30 a.m., nearly 700 meters from the mine's entrance, said colonel Nguyen Minh Khai of the Military Zone 3’s Rescuing Agency.
The accident happened at around 8:30 at the coal mine of Tan Son Company when seven workers were inside.
Four of them managed to escape to safety while the other three went missing.
The body of Bui Van Thon, 36, was retrieved soon after the incident while that of Bui Van Tuan, 23, was found on November 21.
Local media reported that the collapse apparently happened after the workers dug into a water pocket.
This was the most serious coal mine accident ever happened in Hoa Binh. More than 500 rescuers have been mobilized to find the missing workers.
The coal mine had been licensed to operate from 2011-2014.
It was closed until May, when Hoa Binh Province authorities renewed the company’s license.
In Vietnam illegal rat-hole miners have left behind a network of deadly traps.
Many abandoned mines have not been closed properly and, as a result, become so-called water pockets that may burst anytime. Some of the pockets might also have been formed naturally.