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30-hour long rescue effort pays off, 3 rescued from flooded China coal mine

Three of the six miners trapped in the flooded Hongcai coal mine were rescued in Shuicheng county, southwest China's Guizhou Province. (Representative image) Photograph: (Getty)

Reuters Beijing, China Jul 05, 2016, 05.26 AM (IST)
Six miners were trapped for up to 38 hours, after Hongcai coal mine flooded in the early hours of Sunday morning in Shuicheng county, southwest China's Guizhou Province.

The rescue command center announced that three of the six miners has been successfully rescued on Monday while the other three were confirmed dead.

The rescue team broke through the mine at around 16:00 on Sunday, bringing the three survivors to ground level at 17:30 to receive urgent medical care. All three miners were conscious and in a stable condition when rescued.

"After over a 30-hour effort, we have finally rescued three people. I feel very excited right now. In short, all our hard work paid off," said Ji Dekuan, a rescuer.

The three were sent to a leading hospital in the city, where the flooded coal mine was located. Meanwhile, the bodies of the deceased were found after the rescue.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

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