CHINA SAVES 11 MEN TRAPPED IN GOLD MINE FOR 2 WEEKS
Eleven workers trapped for two weeks inside a Chinese gold mine were brought safely to the surface on Sunday, January 24, 2021, a landmark achievement for an industry long-blighted by disasters and high death tolls, the Associated Press (AP) reported.
State broadcaster CCTV showed workers being hauled up one-by-one in baskets on Sunday afternoon, their eyes shielded to protect them after so many days in darkness. Some brought their hands together in gratitude and many appeared almost too weak to stand. They were swiftly covered in coats amid freezing temperatures and loaded into ambulances.
Hundreds of rescue workers and officials stood at attention and applauded as the workers were brought up from the mine in Qixia, a jurisdiction under Yantai in the eastern coastal province of Shandong.
One worker was reported to have died from a head wound following the explosion that deposited massive amounts of rubble in the shaft on Jan. 10 while the mine was still under construction. The fate of 10 others who were underground at the time is unknown. Authorities have detained mine managers for delaying reporting the accident.
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