11 Chinese gold miners rescued after a blast trapped them underground for 2 weeks
- Eleven of the 22 miners trapped inside a Chinese gold mine for two weeks following an explosion have been brought safely to the surface.
- The Qixia mine workers were trapped 2,000 feet underground following an explosion on January 10 that obliterated the mine's ladder.
- One of the still trapped miners is reported dead, while no contact has been made with the remaining 10.
Eleven of the 22 miners trapped inside a Chinese gold mine for two weeks following an explosion have been brought safely to the surface.
The Qixia mine workers were trapped 2,000 feet underground following an explosion on January 10 that obliterated the mine's ladder and badly damaged its communication system.State broadcaster Xinhua showed the first miner being rescued at about 11:13 a.m. local time on Sunday morning. He was blindfolded to protect his eyes from the light and was immediately taken to the hospital for treatment.
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Contact with the trapped miners was first established on January 17 when rescuers felt a pull on one of the ropes they were lowering into shafts, reports the BBC.A paper note was then sent up from a group of 12 miners, one of whom was separated from the rest of the group.
One of the group died from a head wound following the blast, reports Xinhua.The remaining 10 were sent food, medical supplies, blankets, and batches of nutrient solution before being lifted out on Sunday.Life detectors and nutrient solutions have been lowered into other parts of the mine to help find the 10 miners still trapped. However, thus far, no contact has been made.
Mining accidents in China are not uncommon. In September, 16 workers died from carbon monoxide poisoning following a fire at Songzao coal mine, also outside of Chongqing.
In December, another 23 workers died at the Diaoshuidong coal mine in Chongqing's southwest city after a gas leak.Read more:
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