WHITESVILLE — The three Raleigh County residents trapped inside Rock House Powelton Mine since Friday night were found alive inside the mine, just after 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, a West Virginia State Police spokesman reported.
Erica Treadway, 31, Kayla Williams, 25, and Cody Beverly 21, were still inside the mine when rescuers found them.
The three were evaluated by health care workers on site. They were being transported to an area hospital by 7:30 p.m., State Police officials said.
Williams' aunt, Sandra Scarbro of Clear Creek, said she was with Williams' grandmother at home, waiting on news about the rescue efforts when Williams' dad learned at Salamy Memorial Center in Whitesville that rescuers had found them.
"We got our Christmas miracle," Scarbro said joyfully on Wednesday evening. "All we really know is she's alive, and we're so thankful that she's out and that they're all out.
"We appreciate everybody in the community, the governor and rescuers, everything everybody has done."
Scarbro said Williams was conscious when rescuers found her in the mine.
Williams' cousin by marriage, Lou Ellen Williams, said the family is "just so happy and relieved."
"I'm tickled that they're all OK," she said. "They said they are battered, but they're alive.
"That's all that matters."