Rescuers drilling seventh hole into Utah mine - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Rescuers drilling seventh hole into Utah mine

Posted: Updated:

Associated Press - August 30, 2007 7:33 AM ET

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Rescuers drilling a seventh hole through a mountain into a Utah mine hope to break through to a chamber today where six missing miners may have sought refuge.

The next step is to lower a robotic camera down the hole, searching for any sign of the men. They haven't been heard from since a cave-in more than three weeks ago. Previous holes have found no sign that the men survived.

Federal mine officials have briefed Utah state lawmakers on the rescue efforts. U.S. Mine Safety chief Kevin Stricklin says rescue workers will continue searching for the men as long as there's a possibility they're alive. But he says that likelihood decreases each day and the mountain could become their tomb.

Stricklin says the mine's co-owner will decide when the final hole is drilled because he's the one paying for it.

It costs about one million dollars to drill each hole.

Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.