Updated — May 17, 10:54 a.m. ET: Turkey's energy minister says rescue workers have finished their search after retrieving two final bodies of miners, The Associated Press reports.
Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said Saturday that the death toll from the May 13 disaster is now 301. He said 485 miners escaped or were rescued.
An explosion and fire at a coal mine in western Turkey on Tuesday, May 13, has killed at least 301 people in what has become the country's worst mining disaster.
A power distribution center caused an explosion and fire at the mine situated in the town of Soma, 155 miles south of Istanbul.
The White House issued a statement on the tragedy on Wednesday, May 14:
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Turkey today in the wake of a coal mine explosion in Soma, in which some 200 have been killed and hundreds more remain trapped. On behalf of the American people, we extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and our best wishes for the safe exit of the remaining miners. Turkey is a close and longstanding friend and ally of the United States. We are ready to assist the Turkish government if necessary, and we will continue to stand together in this time of tragedy."