April 7th, 2010
10:11 AM ET

Video: 'Big day' expected in mine rescue efforts

CNN Wire Staff

West Virginia's governor predicted Wednesday would be a "big day" as a bore hole was drilled into the area of a coal mine where officials believe four miners - unaccounted for after a deadly explosion Monday - may be found.

Pipes were lowered into the hole, and officials banged on the pipes in an effort to contact those underground, but there was no response, Gov. Joe Manchin said.

The hole punched through into the Upper Big Branch South Mine about 4:15 a.m. ET after being drilled 1,093 feet below the Earth's surface, the governor said. Two more holes were under way, and a fourth is planned.

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