Washington (AP) -- President Barack Obama has expressed "deepest condolences" to the families of the workers who perished in the West Virginia mine explosion.
Obama opened his talk at an easter prayer breakfast by noting Monday's accident that killed 25 workers.
He said that "At this moment, there are still people missing. Rescue teams are searching tirelessly and courageously to find them."
The President also told his audience that he has told Gov. Joe Manchin "The federal government stands ready to offer whatever assistance is requested."
He asked those in the audience to pray for "Those who have been lost in this tragic accident" and said he hopes their families can "Find comfort in the hard days ahead."
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