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    China Miners Rescued After 36 Days Trapped

    Four miners have been lifted to safety after 36 days trapped under ground in a collapsed Chinese gypsum mine.

    Dramatic footage showed rescue workers applauding as the men were hauled to the surface in a narrow capsule before being wrapped in military blankets and put in ambulances.

    The operation to save the group - who had been trapped more than 200m under ground - took more than two hours.

    The four were named by state broadcaster CCTV as Hao Zhicheng, 50, Li Qiusheng, 39, Guan Qingji, 58, and Hua Mingxi, 36.

    The survivors were among 29 trapped when the mine in Shandong province collapsed on Christmas Day.

    Eleven were rescued the following day and one was pronounced dead while 13 remain unaccounted for after the latest rescue.

    Rescuers first detected signs of life on 30 December when using infra-red equipment and contact was made on 8 January.

    Food, clothes and lamps were sent into the mine through a tunnel, but falling rocks and the structural instability of the tunnel continued to pose problems for crews.

    The mine's owner drowned at the scene soon after the collapse while he was helping with the rescue effort, the Xinhua news agency reported.

    The cause of the collapse is under investigation, but industrial safety regulations are often flouted in China and corruption enables bosses to pursue profits at the cost of worker safety.

    Four officials in Pingyi, where the mine is located, including the county's party chief and head of government, were removed from their posts in the wake of the accident.

    China Miners Rescued After 36 Days Trapped
    I would post pictures but life's too short.

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    "Chinese Miner". Sounds like the world's worst job

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    Interesting to read that the mine owner drowned at the scene with the rescue crew...Doubt he had any training...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaitongBoy View Post
    Interesting to read that the mine owner drowned at the scene with the rescue crew...Doubt he had any training...
    That the owner even cared about his employees is opposite of what one night usually expect from Chinese employers.

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    ^That's it...Unusual...

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    He actually committed suicide.

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