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State TV says 9 rescued from flooded Chinese mine

 Rescue workers on standby outside the shaft of the Wangjialing Coal Mine in Xiangning county in north China's Shanxi province, Sunday, April 4, 2010....
 Members of the Chinese paramilitary police march past a row of ambulances parked outside the Wangjialing Coal Mine in Xiangning county in north China...
 Rescue workers equipped with breathing apparatus prepares to enter one of the shaft at the Wangjialing Coal Mine in Xiangning county in north China's...
 Rescue workers are on standby outside the shaft of the Wangjialing Coal Mine in Xiangning county in north China's Shanxi province, Sunday, April 4, 2...
 Workers prepares rescue materials outside the main shaft of the Wangjialing Coal Mine in Xiangning county in north China's Shanxi province, Sunday, A...
 A rescue worker uses his mobile phone near a pile of pipes at the Wangjialing Coal Mine in Xiangning county in north China's Shanxi province, Sunday,...
 Helmets and boots pile up in the dust outside the shaft to the Wangjialing Coal Mine in Xiangning county in north China's Shanxi province, Sunday, Ap...
 Rescue workers head back to their camp at the Wangjialing Coal Mine in Xiangning county in north China's Shanxi province, Sunday, April 4, 2010. Sear...
 Mine workers take a break at the Wangjialing Coal Mine in Xiangning county in north China's Shanxi province, Sunday, April 4, 2010. Search and rescue...
 Rescue workers prepare floating aide outside the Wangjialing Coal Mine in Xiangning county in north China's Shanxi province, Sunday, April 4, 2010. R...
 Members of the Chinese paramilitary police march into a formation outside the Wangjialing Coal Mine in Xiangning county in north China's Shanxi provi...
 The hands of a survivor are seen sticking out from the blanket as rescue workers carry him on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance at the Wangjialing C...
 An ambulance takes away a survivor at the Wangjialing Coal Mine in Xiangning county in north China's Shanxi province, Monday, April 5, 2010. State te...
 A survivor is carried onto a waiting ambulance at the Wangjialing Coal Mine in Xiangning county in north China's Shanxi province, Monday, April 5, 20...
 Rescue workers carry a survivor on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance at the Wangjialing Coal Mine in Xiangning county in north China's Shanxi provin...
 Rescue workers carry a survivor on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance at the Wangjialing Coal Mine in Xiangning county in north China's Shanxi provin...

China Mine Flood

Rescue workers on standby outside the shaft of the Wangjialing Coal Mine in Xiangning county in north China's Shanxi province, Sunday, April 4, 2010....

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Members of the Chinese paramilitary police march past a row of ambulances parked outside the Wangjialing Coal Mine in Xiangning county in north China...

China Mine Flood

Rescue workers equipped with breathing apparatus prepares to enter one of the shaft at the Wangjialing Coal Mine in Xiangning county in north China's...

APTOPIX China Mine Flood

Rescue workers are on standby outside the shaft of the Wangjialing Coal Mine in Xiangning county in north China's Shanxi province, Sunday, April 4, 2...

China Mine Flood

Workers prepares rescue materials outside the main shaft of the Wangjialing Coal Mine in Xiangning county in north China's Shanxi province, Sunday, A...

China Mine Flood

A rescue worker uses his mobile phone near a pile of pipes at the Wangjialing Coal Mine in Xiangning county in north China's Shanxi province, Sunday,...

China Mine Flood

Helmets and boots pile up in the dust outside the shaft to the Wangjialing Coal Mine in Xiangning county in north China's Shanxi province, Sunday, Ap...

China Mine Flood

Rescue workers head back to their camp at the Wangjialing Coal Mine in Xiangning county in north China's Shanxi province, Sunday, April 4, 2010. Sear...

China Mine Flood

Mine workers take a break at the Wangjialing Coal Mine in Xiangning county in north China's Shanxi province, Sunday, April 4, 2010. Search and rescue...

China Mine Flood

Rescue workers prepare floating aide outside the Wangjialing Coal Mine in Xiangning county in north China's Shanxi province, Sunday, April 4, 2010. R...

China Mine Flood

Members of the Chinese paramilitary police march into a formation outside the Wangjialing Coal Mine in Xiangning county in north China's Shanxi provi...

China Mine Flood

The hands of a survivor are seen sticking out from the blanket as rescue workers carry him on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance at the Wangjialing C...

China Mine Flood

An ambulance takes away a survivor at the Wangjialing Coal Mine in Xiangning county in north China's Shanxi province, Monday, April 5, 2010. State te...

China Mine Flood

A survivor is carried onto a waiting ambulance at the Wangjialing Coal Mine in Xiangning county in north China's Shanxi province, Monday, April 5, 20...

China Mine Flood

Rescue workers carry a survivor on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance at the Wangjialing Coal Mine in Xiangning county in north China's Shanxi provin...

China Mine Flood

Rescue workers carry a survivor on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance at the Wangjialing Coal Mine in Xiangning county in north China's Shanxi provin...

Nine trapped miners were pulled to safety early Monday after spending more than a week trapped in a flooded coal mine in northern China.
The nine men _ among 153 trapped since March 28 _ were wrapped in blankets, placed in ambulances and rushed to a hospital where teams of doctors and nurses had been standing by for several days.
China Central Television said more people in the Wangjialing mine could still be alive.
It showed images of several miners being taken into the hospital in Hejin city, about 40 minutes from the mine. Their eyes were covered to shield them from the bright lights. Some were hooked up to intravenous drips.
The nine had been trapped since workers broke a wall into a water-filled abandoned shaft, flooding the mine in Shanxi province in northern China. About 3,000 people have worked around the clock since then to pump out the water.
A glimmer of hope emerged Friday when rescuers heard knocking on a pipe that had been drilled into the mine. But no sounds were heard after that as workers frantically pumped water out and sent divers into the mine to scout conditions.
Finally, at 40 minutes past midnight Monday the first survivor was brought to the surface. A crowd of people outside the entrance of the mine shaft clapped as the miners were carried out.
Reporters who did not belong to state media were prevented from getting close to the site.
It was not immediately known if there were any other survivors, but the official Xinhua News Agency reported that swaying lamp lights were seen at the other side of a V-shaped shaft in the mine.
It said the bottom of the V-shaped shaft had emerged as the water level fell.
A preliminary investigation found that the mine's managers ignored water leaks before the accident, the State Administration of Work Safety said.
China's coal mines are the world's deadliest. Accidents killed 2,631 coal miners in China last year, down from 6,995 deaths in 2002, the most dangerous year on record, according to the State Administration of Coal Mine Safety.


Updated : 2021-04-15 01:34 GMT+08:00