Two of the three people who were miraculously found alive after spending four days in a West Virginia colliery have told how they thought they would die in his web of dark tunnels and never be found.
Cody Beverly, 21, Kayla Williams, 25 and Erica Treadway, 31, got lost in the Rock Powellton Mine at Clear Creek on Friday night.
They had entered the abandoned coal mine with Kayla's cousin Eddie, 43, but they were separated from him once they were inside. Eddie escaped on Monday and alerted the authorities, but it took the rescue teams two extra days to find the other three in the maze of mine tunnels.
On Friday morning, Cody told that he was sure he would die in the tunnels and that he feared they would never be found.
We fell on our knees and began to thank God, there is our guardian angel, & # 39; he said about the time when rescuers finally arrived.
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Cody Beverly, 21, and Erica Treadway, 31, talked about their ordeal in the mine on Friday after they were cleared by doctors. They spent four days in the cold, dark and wet mine tunnels with their friend Kayla Williams (not shown) after being lost during exploring & # 39;
& # 39; There were a few times that I thought they would not find our body. There will be no funeral, they will not even know that we have died, "he said.
He said that they had entered the mine not to search for a buyer, as Kayla's father suggested, but because they're just exploring & # 39; goods.
I mean, two girls taken to a mine … Do you think you're going in to get the copper? We were just exploring, "he said.
Treadway, who appeared barefoot and with a soaking trousers in the mine, said it was dark and dangerous & # 39; used to be.
& # 39; It's a whole & # 39; other world down there … I'm just grateful to everyone, "she said.
Beverly added that his family had described his salvation as a "Christmas wonder".
My family said they would lock me up under the tree. I am this Christmas present this year. & # 39;
Cody said his family told him that it was a Christmas wonder that he came alive. He described the rescuers they found as their guardian angels & # 39;
Cody Beverly, 21, Kayla Williams, 25 and Erica Treadway, 31, were rescued from the Rock House Powellton in West Virginia on Wednesday night after being trapped in the labyrinth of tunnels since Friday night
Rescue teams fought over exhausted oxygen levels during their search and used fans to circulate fresh air through the network of tunnels, while always knowing if the trio was still alive.
It remains unclear where they found them, but on Wednesday they were saved and brought back to a meeting place for the community where dozens of people had gathered waiting for news.
Beverly later told how they survived by drinking water from a stream in the mine and praying that it was not contaminated.
& # 39; It is a considerably large mine. There are tunnels that go thousands of meters into the mountains … sometimes people who go inside are never found & # 39;
Raleigh County Sheriff & # 39; s Department Lt. M. McCray
The group had some snacks when they ventured into the mine to look for copper on Friday, but their supplies quickly ran out.
& # 39; We have drunk my water. We did not eat. We just found a stream in the mine, just started drinking and hoping and praying to God that it was not infected, "WVVA said.
When they were brought back to a meeting place where their terrified families and friends had gathered each other on Wednesday, there were cheers and shouts from & # 39; Praise the Lord & # 39 ;. Some people burst into an improvised version of Amazing Grace
When he spoke at the meeting point on Wednesday night, Beverly sobbed as he plodded under his grandfather's arm.
& # 39; It was terrible! & # 39; he cried and grabbed a can of Coca-Cola to fill it.
When the trio emerged from a fire truck at the meeting point where their families were gathered, there was a roaring applause and cheering. Some people started & # 39; Amazing Grace & # 39; to sing while others make their return a Christmas wonder & # 39; called
Beverly sobbed when he was reunited with his grandfather and screamed & # 39; it was awful & # 39; when someone asked him how the last four days had been. They were briefly brought together at a meeting place where dozens of others came together in anticipation of news
Kayla cried when she was being met by a family member on Thursday before being taken to the hospital
Treadway lost her shoes in the mine. She complained that she could not keep her feet warm when she was being helped on a stretcher in her soggy pants
Treadway lost her shoes in the mine and saw that they were placed on a stretcher with soaked feet and trousers.
Kayla was being cradled by a relative when she walked into an ambulance. She did not seem to have any serious injuries.
While the nurses waited to close the door to take her away, she exclaimed: "Love you & # 39; all! & # 39; for the crowd.
The trio cried during the short reunion and spoke with reporters to say that they were grateful for the searches before they were taken to the hospital.
& # 39; Anyone who was involved in the search for us, I thank from the bottom of my heart.
& # 39; This is the greatest lesson I have ever learned in my life, & # 39; said Beverly, putting an arm around Kayla.
Among those who had waited for the meeting point for news on Wednesday night, was the governor, Jim Justice.
He was excited after the group returned safely and said in an interview: "We have not stopped and we have found them! & # 39;
DailyMail.com can show that they are all three layoffs on Thursday morning and are now at home awaiting indictment.
Lt. M. McCray of the Raleigh County Sheriff Department has shared some details on how they survived on Thursday.
& # 39; They may have had a few snacks, but no water or a small amount.
& # 39; They did not expect to stay there for so long, & # 39; he said. The mine was closed two years ago after having served as a coal mine for decades.
The mine spans thousands of meters under the mountains and is divided over two local provinces.
& # 39; At one point the search teams went 11,000 feet in and to another, they went in 4,000 feet.
& # 39; It is a considerably large mine. There are tunnels that go thousands of meters into the mountains, & # 39; McCray told DailyMail.com.
Cody and Kayla (photo) spoke briefly with reporters before being taken to the hospital with Erica. They are all fired on Thursday morning and are now waiting for criminal prosecution
The dozens of people who had gathered to wait for news were emotional and delighted on Wednesday night after the trio returned safely
At the meeting point on Wednesday night there were emotional scenes where the families of the trio gathered to await news
Dozens of people gathered at the meeting point, the Salamy Memorial Center, to await the news of the rescue operation. They are shown on Wednesday before the trio was brought to safety
Among those waiting for news was West Governor Jim Justice, who declared on Wednesday evening: "We have not stopped!
He said it was not the first time that people had to be rescued from one of the various abandoned mines in his jurisdiction and that the group was fortunate enough to live.
& # 39; Sometimes they are never found, & # 39; he said morbidly.
Where the ATV of the group was found was known as a punch-out & # 39; – a point in the mine where, for ventilation purposes or by accident, there is an access point.
It is not where the employees would have started their services and unless they ran into it during a trek through the area, something that according to the police was plausible, they should have known to get there.
& # 39; The people in this area go into the forest, hunt and fish and they discover these things. They could accidentally run over it, "he said.
They were looking for copper wire to sell, according to Kayla's Randall father who said they were desperate and unemployed. & # 39;[They] whatever they can do to make money if they do not have a job, & # 39; he said Wednesday night to CBS.
He said that it & # 39; typical & # 39; was for people to illegally enter the mines to steal copper wire and sell it, but it remains to be seen if that group had planned.
The mine is located in the mountains at Clear Creek, about 50 miles southeast of Charleston
The mine was closed two years ago. The labyrinth of tunnels spans thousands of meters in the mountains, with sporadic access points
The mine is hidden under the mountains where temperatures have been between 40F and 50F in recent days