22 Chinese miners rescued

2011-08-30 08:02
Beijing - Twenty-two Chinese coal miners have been pulled alive from their flooded pit after being trapped underground for a week.

State television showed the men being brought slowly to the surface on Tuesday with all apparently in good condition.

Hopes for the miners revived on Sunday after noises were detected through a 280m pipe that was drilled to allow fresh air into the illegal mine near the north-eastern city of Qitaihe.

Twenty-six miners were trapped on August 23 when workers broke through into an adjacent flooded pit.

The official Xinhua News Agency said three miners were rescued on Saturday and one body has been recovered.

China's mines are notoriously deadly, although safety improvements have cut annual fatalities by about one-third from a high of 6 995 in 2002.

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