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Virginia Metallurgical Coal Team Wins MSHA National Rescue Contest


Teamwork, preparations yield perfect performance under pressure from tenured crew

The win streak went back to May.

Confidence was high.

Yet the pressure was on, the competition was the best in the country, and the title was on the line. And despite all that, Wellmore Energy Co.’s Red Team delivered its second technically perfect performance in two days, winning nationals and taking the big trophy home to Big Rock, Virginia.

Team Captain Shannon Moore, scoop operator, attributed the victory to dedication and teamwork. “With the difficulty of it, you’ve got to work as a team, and if one knows what the other is doing, then you’ve got seconds on top of people, which allows you to finish,” he said.

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