BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — People in the town closest to where the mine rescue happened are thankful the three people are OK but have other emotions as well. The people of Whitesville were buzzing about Wednesday's mine rescue.
"That was stupid, I don't know what people were thinking to even attempt to get into the mine," said 22-year old Renee.
Renee didn't want to show her face on camera fearing backlash for sharing her opinion. She is from the Whitesville area and said she's glad Cody Beverly, Kayla Williams, and Erica Treadway were found safe after spending days in an abandoned mine but added they don't realize how lucky they are.
"After I saw they flipped everyone off that had helped them, I feel that is nonsense, they should feel lucky that they even got a chance to come out of the mine," said Renee.
Other people in town who also didn't want to share their opinion on camera say while the decision to go in the mine was dumb, these people did deserve to be rescued as they are someone's family member.
"You got families worried sick and everything, and they don't understand how worried they had people," said Renee. "Honestly I feel they need to step back and look at everything people went through for them."
Several retired miners spoke with Eyewitness News off camera, and they said a few things need to change. The first they feel that copper should be pulled from mines when they are closing, and also that there need to be harsher penalties for people who buy copper from people who have broken into the mines.