• ‘Miracle’ rescue of four China miners after 36 days underground

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    SHANGHAI: Four miners trapped underground for 36 days in a collapsed Chinese gypsum mine were pulled out late Friday, a “miracle” rescue in a country with a poor track record on industrial accidents. The final operation to save the men trapped more than 200 meters underground took two hours as they were hauled up to the surface one by one in a rescue “capsule”, according to state broadcaster CCTV. The four were among 29 trapped when the mine collapsed on December 25. But the rescue was marred as a local government official said there had been no contact with 13 other missing miners. The four had suffered no major injuries and would soon be able to return home, the official Xinhua news agency quoted Cao Qingde, deputy head of the local hospital where they were being treated, as saying.

    AFP

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