All 12 miners trapped in northeast China rescued alive

July 19th, 2011 - 8:28 pm ICT by BNO News  

DALIAN, CHINA (BNO NEWS) — Rescue teams on Tuesday successfully pulled out all twelve trapped miners from a tunnel that caved-in in the northeast region of China, local media reported.

The incident occurred on Monday morning in the city of Dalian, located in China’s northeast province of Liaoning, when the tunnel, which is under construction, caved-in and trapped the miners, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

On Tuesday afternoon, at around 4 p.m. local time and some 36 hours after the ordeal began, all of the miners had been rescued alive through a rescue duct that had been completed earlier that morning. During the rescue efforts, food, water, and cell phones were provided to the trapped miners through small ventilation ducts constructed since Monday.

A cheering crowd greeted the workers as they came out. Some of the miners even lit up a cigarette to celebrate their rescue. All twelve people were reported to be in good condition, but they were sent to a local hospital for medical treatment and examinations.

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