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Rescue underway to save trapped miners

05-30-2011 20:07 BJT

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Signs of life have been detected from the 12 miners trapped in a flooded coal mine in Southwest China. Rescuers are racing against time to pump out water and reach the trapped miners. CCTV reporter Yuan Xiaoyuan takes a closer look at the obstacles hampering the rescue work, and how the escaped miners recall what happened.

This is what greeted workers upon arrival everyday. A big sign encouraging work safety still adorns the wall. But, the other day, some miners didn't make their way out.

More than 100 miners were working underground when the flooding occurred. 48 year-old Liu Tongyi was among those who escaped. The sudden and fast flooding is still a nightmare to recall.

Rescuers are racing against time to pump out water and reach the trapped miners.

Rescuers are racing against time to pump out water and reach
the trapped miners.

Liu Tongyi, escaped miner said "There were no signs before the flood came. The water level quickly reached my chest. I was washed out to the exit with a bunch of coal pieces, and wood."

Familiar with the mine, Liu made his way out with many other miners.

Rescue workers are working against time to reach 12 others who are still trapped in the shaft. water pumps are working non-stop to drain out the flooded water.

And the signs of life from underground bring hope for the rescue team.

Li Zaiyong, Mayor of Guiyang City said "We heard sounds of people calling for help, and knocking rocks at about three o'clock."

Rescuers are drilling a vent into a shaft where survivors might have gathered. Oxygen, drinking water and food will be sent trough the vent to the miners.

Rescuers say the big obstacle now is the limited space hampering machines to work. Experts are joining the rescue team to figure out the best plan for drilling for survivors.

An investigation on the cause of the accident is underway. Local work safety officials say the mine owner legally registered. The mine is not producing coal, but is digging shafts when the accident occurred. Local officials say the owner of the mine should be held responsible.

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: CNTV.CN

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