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Family of missing worker: Didcot power station rescue delay is 'diabolical'

A family member of one of the three men trapped under the rubble of the collapsed Didcot power station has called the delay in their rescue "diabolical".

Mike Collings, 53, was killed and three other demolition workers were buried and left unaccounted for when the structure folded nearly two weeks ago. Emergency services have since said it is "highly unlikely" the missing are still alive and last week stated that the recovery operation could take months.

Two of the trapped men have been named by their families as Chris Huxtable and Ken Cresswell.

A petition has now been launched by the partner of Mr Huxtable in a bid to "get them out now" - garnering more than 1,200 signatures so far.

Smoke can be seen rising from the power station as it collapsed Credit: ITV News

"It is just the uncertainty - you are hoping that they are still alive in there but you have got to be realistic and think that it has been going on too long now.

"It just seems they are dragging their heels - if demolishing the rest of the building is the only way they are going to get at them then they need to get on with it."

"He was a good lad - a real grafter. He worked all over the country on demolition for quite a few years. It is just a case of waiting and seeing."

– John Howley, the uncle of Mr Cresswell
Mick Collings was killed when Didcot power station collapsed Credit: ITV Meridian

"We fully understand the anguish the families of the three missing workers will be experiencing. The priority of the multi-agency response remains the recovery of the bodies to their families.

"Given the risks, scale and complexity of the incident and that the building collapsed without warning, emergency services have had to strike a very difficult balance between helping those trapped and injured, recovering the bodies and the need to avoid further harm on the site."

– A Health and Safety Executive spokesman

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