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'Highly unlikely' three missing Didcot workers still alive, officials warn

It is "highly unlikely" that three people still missing in the rubble of the Didcot Power Station collapse are still alive, officials have said.

The search has been hampered by the "unstable" section still standing, they added.

The station closed in 2013 and was in the process of being demolished when it collapsed yesterday, killing one and injuring five.

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Recovery of Didcot workers bodies 'could take weeks'

The pile of rubble from the collapse is 30ft high. Credit: PA

It could take weeks, if not months, to recover the bodies of three people trapped under the collapsed Didcot power station, police said.

Thames Valley Constable Scott Chilton said the structure is still "unsafe" and they are seeking "specialist advice" on how to progress.

"It will take many weeks and, in reality, many months before we will be able to get access to those trapped," he said.

The building collapsed at 4pm last Tuesday while workers were preparing it for demolition, killing worker Mike Collings and trapping three others inside the rubble.

Investigations into the exact cause of the collapse are still ongoing.

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