No Miracles: 33 Trapped Miners Found Dead in China

All bodies have been recovered
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 2, 2016 7:17 AM CDT
No Miracles: 33 Trapped Miners Found Dead in China
Rescuers mourn for victims at Jinshangou Coal Mine in Chongqing, southwest China.   (Liu Chan/Xinhua via AP)

All 33 coal miners trapped underground by a gas explosion in China have been found dead, reports the AP. Two of their fellow miners made it to safety in the aftermath of Monday's blast, but rescuers working around the clock found no others alive. All bodies have been recovered, and rescuers were shown bowing their heads in honor of the dead.

The State Administration of Work Safety ordered an investigation into the blast, "adding that those responsible must be strictly punished." Local officials in Chongqing also ordered smaller mines to shut down temporarily, Xinhua said. About 600 miners were killed in accidents in 2015 in China, reports USA Today. (More miners stories.)

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