(From China Daily)
It was a miraculous escape for four miners as rescuers pulled them to safety late Friday after they spend 36 days at more than 200 meters (656ft) below the ground in a collapsed mine in eastern China.
The state broadcaster CCTV showed one of the miners being pulled out, surrounded by cheering rescuers in helmets and news crews.
Zhang Shuping, mayor of Linyi city in Shandong province, said the rescue operation took place Friday night and all the four miners are in a stable condition after receiving medical treatment at Pingyi People’s Hospital.
The rescued miners are Zhao Zhicheng, 50, and Li Qiusheng, 39, both cage tenders; Guang Qingji, 58, signalman, and Hua Mingxi, 36, forklift driver.
The gypsum mine collapsed on Christmas Day, killing one and leaving 17 missing.
The four miners were found alive on Dec 30. Rescuers sent them food, drinks, clothes, medicine and lamps through a small hole drilled into the ground.
On Friday, rescuers brought out the workers through two access tunnels they had drilled, and the first miner was pulled out in a capsule, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.
It is the first time that trapped miners have been rescued through a large caliber hole in China and the third such case in the world, setting an example for mine rescue.
Rescuers dropped a rescue harness down the mine in Pingyi earlier in the night to lift the four miners.
Helmets and gloves were already transported underground as rescue equipments, according to China Central Television. Read More