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CONNECTION BETWEEN COALWOOD and HOMER HICKAM
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INTERESTING CONNECTION BETWEEN COALWOOD, HOMER HICKAM (SENIOR), AND THE 2002 QUECREEK, PENNSYLVANIA MINE ACCIDENT 

The rescue cage and system used to bring up the nine trapped miners at the Quecreek mine in Pennsylvania was designed and tested by Homer Hickam Sr. way back in 1951. Homer Junior recounts the story on pages 139-142 of his book We Are Not Afraid. The design was a two man tube that used predrilled ventilation holes in the mine as escape ways in case of an accident. The Olga Mine (where Homer Sr. eventually became the superintendent) was much deeper than the Pennsylvania Quecreek mine. When Homer Sr. (man in lower part of the tube in photo) tested his rescue cage, he was lowered down a 700 ft hole (The Quecreek rescue was 240 feet deep). At about 350 feet down, the tube got stuck. Water was dumped into the hole to lubricate it so that it could be raised back up. Rather than quit, Homer Sr. got in it again and successfully went down, got out, and then came back up. No one else wanted to try it! 





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