The search for the trapped Utah miners is reportedly over:
Federal authorities suspended the rescue effort indefinitely, leaving the miners' families devastated. There is no word of when — or even if — there will be any later effort to recover the bodies of Don Erickson, Kerry Allred, Carlos Payan, Brandon Phillips, Luis Hernandez and Manuel Sanchez.The mine has claimed six miners and three rescue workers, one of whom was a friend of mine, Brandon Kimber who died valiantly. He was the kind of guy you admired. In high school, he was one of those guys you wanted to be like. He still is.
"I think our trapped miners are going to be in there a long time," Colin King, a lawyer hired by the miners' families, said Friday. "I think this means that MSHA (the Mine Safety and Health Administration) has concluded the miners are dead."