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Rescuers enter Upper Big Branch Mine

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Montcoal, W.Va. (WVVA) - Officials have postponed the 8:30 a.m. press conference concerning the four missing minors and rescue efforts. The first press conference will now be held at 9:45 a.m.

Thirty-two rescuers have entered the Upper Big Branch mine in Montcoal, West Virginia in an attempt to reach the four miners still unaccounted for. 

At a press conference at 3 a.m. Thursday, officials said air tests in the mine finally became safe enough for rescuers to enter.  They entered the mine at 4:55 a.m. and have been in constant contact with the command center ever since. 

Governor Joe Manchin stated that this is still a "full rescue mission," but safety is taking top priority in this effort. Briefings to update the progress will be held at 8:30, 10:30, and 12:30 today. 

We will continue to bring you additional updates as they become available.

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