Saturday, 16 December 2017

Search for trio goes on

A SEARCH operation is continuing at the former Didcot power station as the emergency services try to locate the bodies of three missing men.

A SEARCH operation is continuing at the former Didcot power station as the emergency services try to locate the bodies of three missing men.

Specialist rescue teams are trawling through the 30ft rubble heap created after part of the old turbine hall collapsed suddenly on Tuesday last week.

One man died and five others were injured in the incident, which happened while workmen were carrying out preparations to demolish the former coal-fired power station, which closed in 2013.

The emergency services say they expect the search to take weeks. The army has been brought in to help together with cranes and heavy-duty lifting equipment.

On Tuesday demolition contractor the Coleman Group held a memorial service in Didcot with a four-minute silence.

Managing director paid tribute to the dead man, Mick Collings, from Cleveland. He added: “This has been a terrible incident which has shocked everyone at the company, but our overriding priority remains supporting the families affected.”

Thames Valley assistant chief constable Scott Chilton said: “The recovery of the bodies and site investigation will be a very complex operation and I envisage it will be many, many weeks before it is completed.

“We are working closely with the Health and Safety Executive to establish the cause of the incident.”



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