April 4th, 2010
03:46 PM ET

9 rescued from flooded China mine

Rescue teams pulled nine miners to safety Monday, more than a week after their coal mine in northern China was flooded by a rush of underground water, state-run media reported. The survivors, whose heart rates and blood pressures were stable, were immediately rushed to a hospital for treatment, according to Xinhua News Agency.

No other details were immediately available.

The nine miners were part of a larger group of 261 working in the Wangjialing mine when it flooded March 28. Rescuers were able to reach 108 miners immediately after the flooding, but 144 remained trapped as of Monday, Xinhua said.

Monday's rescue comes two days after tapping was heard from within the mine. A wire was used to pump out water and send down food, Xinhua said.

If the remaining workers cannot be saved, the accident will be China's worst mining disaster since 2007 when a total of 181 people died at two neighboring flooded coal mines, Xinhua said.

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  1. Nikki

    Awesome to hear good news....prayers for everyone to continue to keep hopes alive, for those still in the mine and for their families as well

    April 4, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Paapa

    Great news indeed! I pray that the others will be found in good health as well – and soon, so they can all go back to their families and loved ones!

    You are in my prayers.

    April 4, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kyle

    I am an American working in China and have been to this region many times. It is very poor and the people work very hard. It is coal country so it is the backbone of productivity and electricity generation in China. I remain hopeful that some of these people can be saved. Modern life is safer than ancient life but there are still risks that individuals take to feed their families and be part of making life better for others. However, a push for clean energy all over the world can help limit these accidents. Another reason to go green.

    April 4, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. meta

    a heroic deed. hope further good news.
    the managers of mine must be found n punished
    severely for treating lives wantonly over profit

    April 4, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mike

    It's a miracle! They have been trapped underground for 7 days.

    April 4, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jerry Faber

    I'm glad to hear they rescued 9 more miners now they just need to keep searching and get the others out and save. My prayers go out to the miners and there Families.

    April 4, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. kvetch

    astounding, good news – prayers and strength for the rescuers

    April 4, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lee

    How wonderful that some lives were saved. Anyone rescued from this cold, dark death is a miracle is proof of miracles.

    April 4, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. martine

    Awesome news! I hope they find more miners.

    April 4, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tim

    I used to work in mines. Nasty business. I'm delighted to hear about these survivors and hope they find more.

    April 4, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jen

    Hopefully we will continue to hear good news. My thoughts and prayers go out to those involved! Keep the faith!

    April 4, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Omar Haleem

    Yes, i hope they find all the others alive and well to..It's a miracle to have survived this long.. i think China should seriously look into safety measures in it's mining industries more and pass legislations for ensuring that there are no more such accidents, i hope they investigate the cauyses and this does'nt happen again. President Hu should order an inquiry on this and also let the world know about the causes, China should be more open about it'self. Transparency is the key to being truthful and honest.

    April 4, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |

    Hope we are going to hear more goodnews from still traped underneath.
    May God rescue all of them.

    April 4, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jackson

    Latest news:95 suvivers were found in the mine!

    April 5, 2010 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  15. Dazhi

    Good news! 95 have been confirmed to be alive and 77 have been rescued!

    April 5, 2010 at 1:27 am | Report abuse |