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China rescues seven miners after 14 days trapped underground

China rescues seven miners after 14 days trapped underground”

Later footage showed emergency workers lifting out other miners, who wore black shades to protect their eyes from the light.

The rescuers set free two workers on January 24, bringing the number of rescued workers to 11, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Ten are unaccounted for.

Twenty-two miners were trapped about 600 meters underground following an explosion on January 10 at a partially built gold mine in Qixia, under the city of Yantai, in Shandong Province.

The explosion occurred in the air ventilator shaft, causing a blockage that damaged the cable auto that allowed miners to ascend. Some of the workers in the chamber are trying to help rescuers locate their missing colleagues by using laser pointers and loudspeakers, but they have received no response, Xinhua reported.

Authorities haven unable to communicate with the remaining miners who are still missing.

BEIJING (AP) - Eleven workers trapped for two weeks inside a Chinese gold mine were brought safely to the surface on Sunday, a landmark achievement for an industry long-blighted by disasters and high death tolls. One appeared to be holding his hands as if praying.

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Contact was first established a week ago with a group of 11 miners trapped in a section of the mine around 580 metres (1,900 feet) below the surface.

One of them was seriously injured in the initial explosion and died after falling into a coma.

Efforts have been underway to reach the workers since the blast occurred about 240 meters (800 feet) from the mine's entrance, but Chinese officials had said Thursday it could take 15 days to drill through 70 tons of debris trapping numerous miners. Food and other supplies were lowered down the channel via a wire, and when the rescuers pulled the wire back 35 minutes later, they found that the supplies had been taken and a note was attached that said the miners were alive.

Officials had said on Thursday it could take another two weeks to drill a rescue shaft through blockages to reach the group of 10.

State media reported Friday that the health of the miners had been gradually returning to a "normal state" after regular deliveries of food. In September, at least 16 workers in southwestern China died after they became trapped underground in a coal mine and exposed to unsafe levels of carbon monoxide, state media reported.



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