So let me get this straight. Thirteen coal miners got trapped in the mine. A mine in which 273 safety violations have occurred. After many hours, the mine company tells the miners' families that all but one has survived. The relieved family members go to church and prepare a celebration. But several more hours later, another announcement, as the company tells them that, in fact, all but one has died, not survived.
Sorry, guys. When we said "alive" before? About your family breadwinner? We meant "dead." Expect a ham in the mail as a token of our apology.
Ben Hatfield, CEO of the International Coal Group, owns the mine. The unsafe mine. His reaction to this? "Welcome to the worst day of my life." A little flip, isn't it? Hey, Ben. How about your wife gets hit by a car (which the driver has been operating for several months without brakes), you are told she survived, then you are told no, she's really dead, then the driver tells you about the awful day that HE is having? Please. People are dead, but let's hear about your professional crisis. Asshole.