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Man still inside bulldozer in coal slurry pond

LUMBERPORT, W.Va. -- Consol Energy says the body of a bulldozer operator missing for more than a week in a West Virginia coal slurry pond has been located inside the vehicle's cab.

Spokeswoman Lynn Seay wouldn't predict Monday how long it may take to remove him, calling it a complex effort that requires both time and precision.

Dive and rescue teams located the dozer and its position over the weekend during a pipe dive at the Robinson Run impoundment near Lumberport.

Then they repositioned the pipe with built-in water jets that push away the muck. During that dive Monday morning, they cut open the canopy on the dozer.

The unidentified man was swept into the massive lake of slurry Nov. 30 when a section of embankment collapsed.

An investigation is under way.


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