China – Miners rescued after 2 weeks of being trapped
The entrance tunnel to the Hushan gold mine in Shandong province collapsed after an explosion on 10 January. A total of 22 miners were trapped. At least 1 has died. A communication line was established and food and medicine lowered to them through a narrow shaft.
On Sunday morning, the first miner was brought to surface with him being blindfolded to protect his eyes from the light and was taken to the hospital immediately. Later the same day, 10 other miners were brought from a different section of the same mine.
The fate of 10 others who were underground at the time is unknown. Authorities have detained mine managers for delaying the reporting of the accident. At least 9 workers have been killed due to the explosion.