China Rescues First Individual From Shandong Gold Mine – CCTV By Reuters

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© Reuters. Rescuers work at the Hushan gold mine in Qixia, where workers were trapped underground after the Jauary 10 explosion

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BEIJING (Reuters) – A gold miner was rescued and taken to hospital for treatment in northern China on Sunday morning, state broadcaster CCTV reported. The footage shows the exhausted miner with a black blindfold in front of his eyes, who was lifted out of a mine shaft.

The miner was “extremely weak,” CCTV said on its Weibo (NASDAQ 🙂 page. Rescue workers wrapped the barely responsive man trapped 14 days after a mine explosion in a blanket before taking him away in an ambulance.

22 workers were trapped in the Hushan mine in the January 10 explosion in Qixia, an important gold mining region under the administration of Yantai in the coastal Shandong province.

One miner has died and 11 had no contact with rescue teams, according to a Xinhua report last week.

The rescued miner was found in a different section of the mine than a group of 10 men who received food. Officials said Thursday it could take another two weeks to clear “severe blockages” before drilling shafts to reach the 10 men.

However, the People’s Daily reported in its news app that the rescuers hoped to reach the 10 men in the 5th section of the mine on Sunday, citing the military.

Graphic: Explosion in a gold mine in the northern Chinese province of Shandong https://graphics.reuters.com/CHINA-ACCIDENT/MINE/yxmpjynakvr/CHINA-MINE.jpg

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