Miners return to site of July 2002 Quecreek rescue

SOMERSET, Pa. — Robert Pugh says the Pennsylvania site where he and eight other miners were rescued after spending more than three days trapped in a flooded mine still gives him “goosebumps.”

But he returned to the Quecreek site in southwestern Pennsylvania for the first time in a decade to take part in Saturday’s community celebration 15 years after the July 2002 rescue.

Pugh said he wanted to see “some people who rescued me, a lot of people who prayed for me.”

More than 10,000 people visit the site each year, and officials say attendance goes up every year.

Bill Arnold, executive director of the Quecreek Mine Rescue Foundation, says “people aren’t willing to let this fade into history … people long for something positive and encouraging in their lives.”