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4 Chinese Miners Rescued After 36 Days Trapped Underground

They survived on liquids passed to them through a narrow hole

Four Chinese miners who were trapped underground since Christmas are finally safe after they were rescued on Friday. A dramatic video of the rescue from Chinese state media shows a man in a helmet being lifted from an underground tunnel, strapped in a harness.

The gathered crowd cheered as the man was lifted to safety.

Twenty-nine miners were trapped after a collapse at a gypsum mine in the Shandong province. BBC News reports that 15 have since been rescued but 13 remain missing. One of the miners is dead.

The miners had been passed water and liquids through a small hole rescuers carved as they worked to dig the trapped workers out of the hole. BBC reports mines in China are among the world’s deadliest and officials have already taken action against many of this mine’s owners. The company’s chairman reportedly committed suicide shortly after the collapse.

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