Beijing: China Central Television (CCTV) reported that rescuers rescued the first of 22 miners who were trapped two hundred meters underground in the East China mine on Sunday. The workers were trapped for two weeks.
The man, discovered Sunday in a separate section of the mine to the 10 workers who had already established contact with rescuers, was in “extremely weak physical condition”, CCTV said.
Rescuers have been battling difficult conditions to help the workers since an underground explosion at the Hushan mine in Shandong province sealed them underground amid rising waters on January 10.
State broadcaster footage showed a small elevator carriage lifted to the surface by a huge drill, accompanied by rescue workers. A masked man, who appeared unable to stand, was carried out.
Initial contact was established a week ago when 11 miners were trapped in a mining area about 580 meters (1,900 feet) below the surface.
One of them was seriously injured in the initial explosion and was confirmed dead after head injury and unconsciousness.
Rescue teams have been lowering food, medicine and other supplies through several “lifeline” shafts drilled into the rock. Life detectors and nutrient solutions have been lowered to other parts of the mine to find the other missing miners.
According to CCTV, the rescued miners were found closer to the surface than the first batch of mining areas.
The official media video on Sunday showed that several tall exercises were boring.
It is believed that the twelfth miner himself was trapped at a depth of 100 meters in the rising water.
For the other nine miners, hope is dwindling because it has never been heard since the explosion.
Rescue workers said Friday it could take at least another two weeks to free the miners, citing a massive blockage that has delayed drilling efforts, according to state media.
Rescuers are trying to widen one of the shafts to eventually allow the workers to be brought up to the surface.
Mining accidents are common in China, where the industry has a poor safety record and regulations are often weakly enforced.
In December, 23 workers died after becoming stuck underground in the southwestern city of Chongqing.