Morgantown, West Virginia 4 January 2006
1. Exterior of Rudy Memorial Church
2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Tambra Flint, mother of Randal McCloy:
"I know if anybody was going to survive down there my son would. And that's what I kept telling everybody because he's really a bright kid and we're just positive and its looking good."
3. Cutaway with reporter
4 SOUNDBITE: (English) Tambra Flint, mother of Randal McCloy:
"It got harder and harder to be optimistic and that's when your faith gets tried because if you start hearing bad news, it just gets harder and harder."
(Q: Describe what happened last night?)
"Well, for me it was really weird. You're packed like sardines into the sanctuary of the church and also there is people on the other part of the building and then out of all entrances and exits and there are so many of us in there , I mean, you were jammed in there and I was right in the middle when they announced that there was only one survivor and it was my son. It got wild in there and my husband just pulled through there and grabbed me and took off, so, yeah, it got kind of crazy."
(Q: And you are also feelings for the victims... )
"Exactly, and all the way out I'm saying, 'I don't understand this and just cannot believe this' So, you don't understand."
Simpson, West Virginia 4 January 2006
5. Road through Simpson, West Virginia
6. Close of road sign
7. Wide of housing area of Simpson
8. Mid view of housing area of Simpson
9. Randal McCloy's brother in law looks at family photos
10. Randal McCloy's wedding picture
11. McCloy, Anna and son
12. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rick McGee, McCloy's brother-in-law:
"When I was talking to him I was holding his hand and I always devil him, and I pick on him all the time and I was just devilling him and he kept squeezing my hand and he would make facial expression, so he knows we're there."
13. Still photograph of Randal McCloy
Buckhannon, West Virginia 4 January 2006
14. Wide of downtown streets
15. Downtown Buckhannon restaurant
16. Close view of sign
17. Downtown street of Buckhannon
18. Black ribbon taped to window
19. Pan from US flag to barber pole
20. Barber reading paper in barber chair
21. Front page of paper and barber opens paper
23. Various of signs being placed in windows
The family of Randal McCloy, the only survivor of the Sago Mine tragedy in West Virginia, gathered on Wednesday night at the hospital in Morgantown, West Virginia.
Even though he remains in critical condition, doctors say McCloy is in stable condition.
His mother, Tambra Flint, says she felt that if anyone was going to survive, it was going to be her son.
Fifty miles away in the small residential area of Simpson, West Virginia, neighbours and relatives of Randal McCloy were thankful that he survived.
Most of the residents of Simpson and the surrounding areas live in mobile home trailers or structures built a hundred years ago when the first settlers started mining the hills of West Virginia.
Rick McGee, McCloy's brother in law and a miner himself, visited him in the hospital on Wednesday morning and feels Randal will survive.
The nearest large town to the Sago Mine is Buckhannon, West Virginia.
The tragedy struck hard at the town where a large percentage of the residents are related to someone who works in the coal mines or depends on pay-checks from the mines.
On the streets were signs that the town is in mourning for the families, signs such as black ribbons and quickly printed signs.
Buckhannon is rallying around the families of the 12 dead miners, as well as praying for Randal McCloy.
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