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9 rescued after 179 hours in 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...
 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...
 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...
 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

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

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...

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 miners were pulled to safety early Monday after spending more than a week trapped in a flooded coal mine in northern China, a rescue that had seemed beyond hope for days before crews heard someone tapping from deep underground.
The first survivor was brought to the surface at 40 minutes past midnight Monday, 179 hours after the Wangjialing mine filled with water. A crowd of rescue workers, miners and security workers outside the entrance of the mine shaft clapped as the miners were carried out.
The nine men were among 153 trapped since March 28 when workers broke a wall into a water-filled abandoned shaft. China Central Television said more miners could still be alive, but did not give any details.
State television showed the miners wrapped in blankets, placed in ambulances and rushed to a hospital where teams of doctors and nurses had been standing by for several days. Reporters who did not belong to state media were prevented from getting close to the site.
As they were taken into the hospital in Hejin city, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) from the mine, the miners' eyes were covered to shield them from the bright lights. Some were hooked up to intravenous drips.
The official Xinhua News Agency reported that their blood pressure and heart rates were normal after spending nearly 7 1/2 days trapped underground. It quoted one of the survivors, Li Guoyu, 38, from Henan province in central China, as saying they had gone without water because they were worried about drinking the dirty water flowing in the tunnel.
About 3,000 people have worked around the clock using 14 pumps to suck the water out of the mine in Shanxi province.
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.
CCTV did not say how may other survivors there may be. Xinhua reported that swaying lamp lights were seen at the other side of a V-shaped shaft in the mine, indicating people might be there.
CCTV said the bottom of the V-shaped shaft had emerged as the water level fell.
A preliminary investigation last week 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.