6 workers rescued from flooded coal mine in north China

Updated: 2010-06-07 06:27
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JINCHENG -- Six workers were rescued Sunday from a flooded coal mine in north China's Shanxi Province after being trapped underground for three days, local authorities said.

The survivors were lifted out of the pit at Jiaonan Coal Mine in Jincheng city at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday. All of them appeared in good shape and some even "walked" to the stretchers themselves, said Liu Jinyuan, an official in charge of the rescue operations.

They were rushed to the ambulance on stand-by.

Cheers and applauses broke out at the rescue site when six survivors were lifted up to the ground one after another.

Authorities said rescuers on Sunday night also discovered a body in the mine, bringing the fatality of Thursday's coal mine flooding to two.

The coal mine run by Jincheng Anthracite Mining Group in Zezhou County, Jincheng City was flooded at 5 a. m. Thursday. Of the 86 miners in the pit, 11 were trapped. One body was retrieved Saturday night.

The search for the other three who remain missing continues.