At 9am on Monday 23rd April, Mines Rescue, The Rhondda Tunnel Society and SWCMR gathered at the Inspection Chamber ready for the descent into the Tunnel. Project Secretary Telephones with some bad news. The New Safety Harnesses we had ordered from 'Speedy Hire' had not been delivered. With no Harnesses, there would be no entry which would have knocked the schedule out by another day! Mines Rescue had none to spare so it was a quick Telephone call to John Martin of Hammonds ECS of Aberdare to see if we could borrow harnesses from them. Once again, Hammonds saves the day. A quick dash over to pick them up and all was well, or so we though!
The team was lowered into the Tunnel 2 hours late, however it was important to keep the DE on track so they trekked to the other side, Blaengwynfi. It was then the team realised they couldn't begin to work under the vent as Hammonds were preparing and cutting the hole for the new hatch! So it was down tools once again for about half hour for Hammonds to complete the work above.
Looking up the vent we can see the work that has been carried out by Hammonds and what a grand job indeed. The hatch being delivered and fitted tomorrow (24th)
With more water pouring into the tunnel vent than usual, the going was extremely tough as the material that needed to be moved was saturated and extremely heavy. I think it is fair to say that the team were exhausted but completed in part the task they set out to do. Well done guys.
One of the first tasks the team carried out was to pour a harmless dye into the Victorian Drain in the Tunnel while the team on top monitored the suspected exit point of the Tunnel water. It took over 21 minutes to flow out of the exit point from the tunnel. Another box ticked.