Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Tuesday that the federal government stands ready to offer support for the rescue and recovery efforts currently underway at the site of Tuesday's devastating coal mine explosion in West Virginia.
He also offered his condolences to the family and friends of the miners killed in the accident.
We are praying "for the safe return of the missing" as well as for the rescuers, he said at the White House. "May their families find comfort in the days ahead."
The death toll from the massive West Virginia coal mine explosion rose to 25 early Tuesday - making it the deadliest U.S. mining disaster in 25 years. Four miners remain missing.
The explosion at the Massey Energy Company mine, about 30 miles south of Charleston, West Virginia, took place during a shift change Monday afternoon.