HUNTINGTON, UTAH — The rescue effort that began with hope and prayers Aug. 6 for six men trapped in the collapsed Crandall Canyon mine ended Friday with the realization that no one could have survived the disaster and its aftermath. Friday at 5:30 p.m., officials of the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration announced to the families of the missing men that the mission – which with each passing day seemed more like a recovery than a rescue — had been suspended indefinitely. “They are done. It’s finished,” said Colin King, a Salt Lake City-based attorney who represents the families of the missing miners. “It’s a hard and bitter pill for our families, and there were quite a few tears shed.” [via Salt Lake Tribune]

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