For grief-stricken relatives hope turned into tragedy as earlier reports of a West Virginia coal mine miracle with purportedly 12 survived miners came out to be not true. Only one of 13 men was found alive after an explosion had occured on Monday.
Cheers erupted Tuesday evening as word came from the rescue command center, that rescue workers had found 12 survivors. Bells of the local church were ringing, as waiting relatives celebrated the good news inside.
A couple of hours later their hopes were shattered, when the CEO of mine owner ICG had to admit that "miscommunication" between rescue crews and the command center had caused false reports about the miners´ fate.