Search for Survivors Ends in Turkish Coal Mine Disaster; Death Toll Stands at 301

SAVASTEPE, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s energy minister says rescue workers have completed their search in Turkey’s worst mining disaster after retrieving the bodies of the last two missing miners.

A Turkish miner sits at the entrance of the coal mine in Soma, Turkey, Friday, May 16, 2014. The search for survivors was declared finished five days after over 300 people died in an underground blaze at the coal mine in western Turkey. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said Saturday the death toll from a fire that devastated a coal mine in Soma, western Turkey on May 13 is 301. He said 485 miners escaped or were rescued from the inferno.