114 Miners Rescued in China

Some still trapped in flooded pit
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2010 1:20 AM CDT
114 Miners Rescued in China
A survivor is rescued from the flooded Wangjialing Coal Mine in Xiangning, north China's Shanxi Province today.   (AP Photo/Xinhua, Yan Yan)

At least 114 miners trapped for a week in a flooded Chinese mine were saved today as relieved family members and friends cheered. Rescuers had all but given up hope when tapping sounds were heard from a survivor. Some 3,000 people have been working around the clock to pump water out of the mine in Shanxi province to help save the men, reports CNN.

Paramedics covered the rescued miners' eyes to protect them after days in total darkness. The mine flooded when workers broke through a wall into an abandoned shaft filled with water. Authorities are hopeful other survivors can still be saved. Some 153 men were trapped when the mine flooded.
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