Shillong: Over a week after detecting the body of one of the 15 miners trapped in an illegal rat-hole mine in Meghalaya, the rescuers on Thursday recovered the decomposed body.

The disintegrated body, which was detected by the Navy personnel with their unmanned Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), had slipped to the bottom of the main shaft in course of efforts to pull it out of the flooded mine at Ksan near Lytein River in East Jaintia Hills.

The remains of the miner slipped away from the jaw of the ROV while attempting to pull it out of the bottom of the main shaft of the coal mine last evening.

The operation to rescue the miners entered the 43rd day on Thursday.

In the past 48 hours, teams of pump operators from Coal India Ltd, Odhisa Fire Service and Kirloskar Brothers Ltd have discharged over 81 lakh litres of water from the nearby abandoned mines.

Family members of the trapped miners have been waiting anxiously for news of their loved ones and are visiting the site regularly and they are regularly updated on the progress.

The 15 miners disappeared inside the mine on December 13 last year.

According to five miners who had a narrow escape, one of the workers could have accidentally punctured the walls of possibly another nearby abandoned and flooded mine.

The state government has announced Rs 1 lakh interim relief for families of all the trapped miners and the Supreme Court is monitoring the case on a weekly basis. The next hearing is scheduled for Monday.