April 2nd, 2010
01:19 PM ET

Report: Sounds heard from mine where 153 trapped

Family members grieve as they await word on the fate of those trapped in a flooded mine.

Rescuers said Friday that they have heard sounds coming from a coal mine in north China’s Shanxi province, where 153 workers have been trapped for more than five days, state-run media reported.

In the first signs of underground activity since the Wangjialing mine flooded Sunday, sounds akin to someone knocking on pipes have been heard by rescuers, who have knocked on a pipe to answer the noises, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

The pipe was pulled up from the mine and an iron wire was found wrapped tight around it, an indication that the trapped miners still have a measure of strength, rescuers said.

More than 100 workers were rescued Sunday when underground water rushed into the mine.

Rescuers have yelled down the mine and say they can hear the trapped miners shouting back.

The project, approved by the provincial government, is in a coal-rich area of the province.

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  1. Jack

    I think the bigger tragedy is how a story about 153 trapped miners gets posted as a CNN blog. I hope the reason is because the source of the news story hasn't been completely confirmed rather than the reason being putting greater importance on celebrity cheating scandals and political spin.

    April 2, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. curt

    Yeah... God knows the Illuminati would never take a mining job themselves, except maybe own it... Like the queen of England...

    April 2, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. nate

    Thank God – hope this all can have a relatively happy ending.

    April 2, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. David

    The goverment sould ask the American resuce teams to help them before its to late.

    April 2, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Darien

    That is a lot of people. They need help. I think American rescue teams should join and help.

    April 2, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Chinaguy

    hoping the trapped miners can be rescued.

    Another sad thing is that it's not a natural disaster. I read from some major Chinese news sites. it seems not mentioned by cnn. Some miner reported water leaking 3 hours before the disaster happened and manager said" keep working, it is fine."

    The managers were pushing to finish the project before the schedule, so they can get more money. Apparently they don't really care about the miners lives. BTW, I don't know exactly, but I don't think the miners are paid more than 500 dollars a month.

    I am hoping the miners can be rescued and also the ones who risked the miners' lives for their own benefits can be severely punished.

    April 2, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Wes410

    How horrifying......my thoughts and prayers go out....

    April 3, 2010 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  8. kevin

    The chines GOV. will be there to the rescue. They plan on doing what they usually do which is wait and then start another shaft somewhere else and hope no one rembers then in a month or two they will anounce that they executed the maneger for poor standards.

    April 3, 2010 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
  9. Rich

    This really needs to have a positive outcome. I'm hoping it does. Good luck China!

    April 3, 2010 at 3:36 am | Report abuse |
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