China rescues trapped coal miners
Rescuers in China have successfully freed all 29 workers who were trapped for nearly a day in a flooded coal mine in the country’s southwestern Sichuan province.
State broadcaster China Central Television showed live images of miners being taken from the mine on stretchers to ambulances on Monday, a day after the small Batian mine suddenly flooded.
A waiting crowd erupted into celebratory applause and shouting as each miner was brought out.
The men had been doing safety work at the mine when an estimated 4,000 cubic metres of water flooded rushed into the coal mine pit near Neijiang city on Sunday.
An official surnamed Xie with the provincial work safety bureau said 41 workers had been underground at the small, privately-owned Batian mine when it flooded.
Officials said 13 of the workers had managed to escape.
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