BEIJING-On Sunday, eleven workers trapped in a Chinese gold mine for two weeks were brought to the ground safely. This is a milestone achievement for an industry that has been plagued by disasters and high fatalities for a long time. .
China Central Television (CCTV) showed that on Sunday afternoon, workers were dragged into the basket one by one. In so much darkness, their eyes were shielded to protect them.
Some people raised their hands gratefully, and many seemed too weak to stand up. They were quickly covered by overcoats in the severe cold and loaded into an ambulance.
When hundreds of rescue workers and officials grew up in a mine in Qixia, a district under the jurisdiction of Yantai City, Shandong Province, the eastern coastal province, they received attention and praise.
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The fate of the other 10 people underground at the time is unknown. The authorities detained the mine manager for delay in reporting the accident.
The cause of the accident is under investigation, but the scale of the explosion was large enough to release 70 tons of debris, which blocked the shaft, paralyzed the elevator and trapped workers underground.
Rescuers drilled parallel wells to transport food and nutrients, and eventually took the survivors home. Ten of them were in a lower room and a separate area slightly closer to the ground.
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The official China Daily said on its website that seven of the workers were able to walk to the ambulance by themselves.
Such a long and expensive rescue effort is relatively new in China’s mining industry, with an average of 5,000 deaths each year in the past. Although the demand for coal and precious metals continues to accelerate, enhanced supervision has improved safety.
Last year, two accidents occurred in the southwest mountainous area of Chongqing, which killed 39 miners and ordered new crackdowns.