HUNTINGTON, Utah Church members were counted among the six coal miners trapped inside the Crandall Canyon Mine near this small community in central Utah.
The miners were trapped Aug. 6 following an early-morning collapse at the mine. At Church News press time, rescue efforts to reach the miners were ongoing and the status of the trapped miners was unknown. The cause of the accident is also being investigated.
Huntington Utah Stake President Lavar J. Jensen confirmed that members were among the victims, but did not identify the LDS miners, following the direction of local law officials. Local bishops are staying close to the families of the trapped miners.
President Jensen said this sort of accident impacts everyone living in this mining community where family ties and friendships run deep.
"It affects everybody, they are so close knit," he said.
The First Presidency issued a statement regarding the miners, their relatives and their rescuers:
"We extend our love and prayers on behalf of the trapped miners and their families at this time of great trial. We also join with others in pleading with the Lord to guide those who are working so diligently to reach the trapped men."
President Jensen said he and other local Church leaders have asked for continued unity in the community.
"We just tell (people) to pray for and support the families," he said.