11 Chinese miners rescued after 14 days trapped underground
Written by Hit Music Radio News on 24/01/2021
Eleven gold miners have been rescued a fortnight after they were trapped by an underground explosion in China, according to state media reports.
It is not known how many others are still alive in the mine.
State media footage showed the first miner to be rescued, a black blindfold across his eyes, being lifted out of a mine shaft on Sunday morning.
Later, another three miners were brought out from a different section of the mine, including one who was injured, and three more from the same section followed in the early afternoon.
Several were shown walking, supported by rescue workers.
A group of 22 workers were trapped following an explosion at the Hushan gold mine in Qixia, Shandong province, in eastern China on 10 January.
One is confirmed to have died from head injuries. Eleven were known to be alive and rescuers made contact with 10 of them, with one in a nearby chamber. The remaining 10 are missing.
The mine entrance was blocked 350m below the surface by 70 tonnes of debris that extended down another 100m, the Yantai city government said in a statement on its social media account.
The cause of the explosion is unknown.
The fate of the missing ten people remains unclear – rescuers have been trying to get food and medicine to them through holes drilled hundreds of metres underground into the mine, but they have received no communication.
About 600 people are involved in the rescue, with as many as 25 ambulances waiting at the scene, as well as neurosurgeons, trauma specialists and psychologists.
Mine managers have been detained for waiting more than 24 hours before reporting the incident, the cause of which is still not known.
Officials said on Thursday it could take another two weeks to clear “severe blockages” before they could drill shafts to reach the group in contact with rescuers.
They drilled a new wider shaft to reach the 10 men in the middle section of the mine – more than 600m from the entrance – which they hoped to use to bring the survivors to safety.
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