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The body of a British citizen killed Monday in a methane explosion at the Ulyanovskaya mine in the Kemerovo region is being repatriated
The body of a British citizen killed Monday in a methane explosion at the Ulyanovskaya mine in the Kemerovo region is being repatriated, a spokesman for the mine owner said Friday. Ian Malcolm Robertson, 55, an auditor for the British-based IMC company who was inspecting work at the mine at the time of the accident, was one of 20 managers and engineers killed in the blast, which also claimed 88 miners. Up to 200 miners were in the shaft when the explosion occurred. To date, 93 have been rescued and two remain missing. "Early this morning, the body of British citizen Ian Malcolm Robertson was flown to Moscow, from where it will be sent to London," the spokesman said. He added that the body was being escorted by family members, and that the cost of the repatriation was being assumed by the company. Nearly the entire management of Yuzhkuzbasugol was in the mine when the explosion hit at about 1:00 p.m. Moscow time. Killed were the chief engineer, the chief mechanic, the mine's manager and the deputy director. Mine fatalities in Russia are common, but the Kemerovo blast was the worst of its kind in the last 50 years.
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