11 workers trapped for 2 weeks inside a Chinese gold mine were brought safely to the surface on Sunday.
Some brought their hands together in gratitude and many appeared almost too weak to stand.
Hundreds of rescue workers and officials stood at attention and applauded as the workers were brought up from the mine in Qixia, a jurisdiction under Yantai in the eastern coastal province of Shandong.One worker was reported to have died from a head wound following the explosion that deposited massive amounts of rubble in the shaft on Jan. 10 while the mine was still under construction.
The fate of 10 others who were underground at the time is unknown. Authorities have detained mine managers for delaying reporting the accident.The cause of the accident is under investigation but the explosion was large enough to release 70 tons of debris that blocked the shaft, disabling elevators and trapping workers underground.
Rescuers drilled parallel shafts to send down food and nutrients and eventually bring up the survivors, 10 of whom had been in a lower chamber and one in a separate area slightly closer to the surface.Download theNBC News appfor breaking news and politics headtopics.com
The official China Daily newspaper said on its website that seven of the workers were able to walk to ambulances on their own.Such protracted and expensive rescue efforts are relatively new inmining industry, which used to average 5,000 deaths per year. Increased supervision has improved safety, although demand for coal and precious metals continues to prompt corner-cutting.
A new crackdown was ordered after two accidents in mountainous southwestern Chongqing last year killed 39 miners. Read more: NBC News »
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And then executed for making China look bad. 😊 GOD was with them . I wonder if they will request the bat 🦇 or pangolin for their starter? Its nice to see newsworthy articles again that don't begin with 'Trump'..