Work to recover bodies of Rotherham men from collapsed power plant halted

Didcot power plant
Didcot power plant
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Families of two Rotherham men trapped under a collapsed power plant will have to wait even longer for their remains to be found.

Contractors working on the body recovery operation at Didcot power station in Oxford have had to stop work after reaching a 50 metre 'exclusion zone'.

It is not deemed safe for the contractors to do any more excavation work until the rest of the building in the exclusion zone is demolished.

Four workers, including two men from Rotherham, died when the plant collapsed on February 23 as it was being prepared for demolition.

The bodies of Ken Cresswell, aged 57, and John Shaw, 61, from Rotherham and Christopher Huxtable, 34, from Swansea, have not yet been found.

A spokeswoman for RWE Npower, which owns the power plant, said: "Since the tragic accident at our Didcot site on February 23, we have been doing everything possible to locate and recover the missing men, Ken Cresswell, John Shaw and Chris Huxtable as quickly and as safely as possible.

"Our contractors have now reached the 50m safety exclusion zone, which is in place as the remainder of the structure is currently considered unstable.

"Sadly, this means that, until the remaining standing structure can be safely brought down, we have restricted access to the recovery area.

"We understand that the time it is taking to recover these men is deeply distressing for their families, and we are in contact with them. Our absolute priority is to recover their loved ones as quickly and as safely as possible."