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8 miners rescued after 3 days underground in C. China

07-09-2012 08:49 BJT

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After working around the clock for 3 days, rescuers have pulled out 8 miners who were trapped in a coal mine in Leiyang city in central China’s Hunan province. Rescue workers are still racing against the clock to retrieve the remaining 8 miners.

After nearly 90 hours underground, these 8 coal miners have just been brought to safety. Badly injured, the survivors were sent to local hospitals immediately.

Some of the trapped workers have been located, but rescuers are still waiting for the right time to lift them out of the shaft as some were seriously injured. Medical staff have gone underground for physical checks before making sure they can be safely pulled out.

Meanwhile, rescuers are trying to widen the main passage to let more rescuers in. Heavy machines were deployed to clean away the sludge in the way of the rescue passage. Searches for the missing workers are also underway.

The flood in the coal mine occurred on Wednesday when 40 miners were working underground, and two dozen escaped. But managers of the mine failed to report the accident in the required time, delaying rescue efforts for at least 12 hours.

The mine owner is in police custody. Mine floods tend to occur when miners drill through to an abandoned shaft that has been allowed to fill with water.

2 workers die in Hunan coal mine accident

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In the coal mine accident in Leiyang city in central China’s Hunan province, two miners bodies have been found, hours after 4 miners were rescued alive, and 4 more earlier in the day. Life detection efforts are continuing to search for and rescue the remaining six trapped. Full Story>>



Live cross: Rescue efforts underway to save trapped miners

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For the latest, let’s talk to CCTV reporter, Hu Chao, who’s following developments in Leiyang City in central China’s Hunan Province. Hi, Hu Chao. Could you please update us on the latest on the rescue efforts?




8 miners rescued from flooded colliery pit in Hunan

In central China's Hunan province, 8 trapped miners have been rescued. 8 other miners are still missing. The four most recently rescued miners, who had been trapped for more than 90 hours, are in stable condition. Medical inspection and nutrition supplements are being carried out. Watch Video>>

11 workers confirmed alive under flooded mine in central China

LEIYANG, Hunan, July 8 (Xinhua) -- Rescuers confirmed early Sunday that 11 of the 16 trapped miners were alive three days after they became trapped under a flooded colliery pit in central China's Hunan province. Full story >>

A miner is rushed to hospital aft er he was rescued from a flooded pit in Leiyang, Hunan
province, on Sunday. Eight of 16 miners were rescued from the pit and teams are still
searching for the others. Meanwhile, seven workers in another Hunan mine were killed by a

Medical inspections were administered and nutritional supplement offered as soon as the rescued workers were brought to the surface. They were all sent to a local hospital for treatment where they are in stable condition.


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