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After hours of searching, rescuers recovered on Saturday the body of a miner who had been trapped underground following a methane ignition at a coal mine in Russia's Western Siberia.

After hours of searching, rescuers recovered on Saturday the body of a miner who had been trapped underground following a methane ignition at a coal mine in Russia's Western Siberia, a spokeswoman for the local emergency services said.

The incident occurred at the Krasnogorskaya mine in the Kemerovo region's town of Prokopyevsk at about 02:00am Moscow time (22:00 GMT, Friday). Sixty-four workers were in the mine when the explosion took place.

"Rescuers discovered the miner's body under the debris caused by a methane ignition," the spokeswoman said.

The dead miner was the only one who had been missing for more than four hours following the incident.

Earlier, the spokeswoman said rescuers had established contact with all miners trapped underground, including the missing one.

According to the latest emergency services' reports, two miners injured by the explosion were taken to hospital.

In May, two methane blasts at the Raspadskaya coalmine, also located in the Kemerovo region, killed 67 workers and left 23 unaccounted for. The accident is believed to have been caused by poor observation of safety regulations.

MOSCOW, July 24 (RIA Novosti)