Although several pumps coupled into various pipe ranges were in use difficulties arose and progress was slow, due to the high proportion of solid material in the fluid being pumped. In consequence, on 24th March, work began on a small piggy back roadway over the arches at the foot of the 1 in 6 drift to gain access to the slit and to the tail gate over the wooden doors. When this was done on 26th March work was suspended on the borehole. At 10.20am on 26 march the Lofthouse Colliery No 2 rescue team started from the 1 in 6 drift to inspect the South 9B tail gate. Passing through the small piggy back roadway the team dropped into about 4 ft of sludge and water, which persisted for some 30 yards, after which it was possible to travel up the tailgate without hindrance. At five yards beyond No 20 methane drainage hole there was silt and rubble reaching about 3ft 6 inches from the roof. The team crawled on top of this for a further 44 yards to a point 1067 yards from the air crossing where further progress became impossible. Air samples were taken by this team at approximately 160 and 760 yards in bye of the air crossing. The first, when analyzed, gave methane at 6%, oxygen at 13% and carbon dioxide at 4%. The second contained 31% methane, 6.6% of oxygen and 2.9% carbon dioxide and would not have supported life. J Coxon, the area chief Scientist, said that although the sample amounts were small the oxygen analysis were accurate. At 12.45pm a Glasshoughton Colliery rescue team attempted to explore the intake roadway beyond the silt, but there was water and sludge to within one foot of the top of the arches and the slit junction, and after a few yards the underlying sludge became very soft. The team sighted a body some seven yards further in bye before they withdrew. Later that day r Williams HM Inspector of mines and Quarries, recovered the body which was identified as that of Charles cotton.