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Slip from China mine says 12 workers trapped still alive

Published : 18 Jan 2021, 00:04

  DF News Desk

Rescuers are seen at the explosion site of a gold mine in Qixia City, east China's Shandong Province, Jan. 12, 2021. File Photo: Xinhua.

A paper slip retrieved from underneath a mine said that 12 workers are still alive while the other 10 are in unclear situation, after they were trapped following a gold mine blast in east China's Shandong Province, according to local authorities, reported Xinhua.

Rescuers said they felt people pulling the iron ropes used to deliver the nutrient solutions on Sunday night. The rescuers previously drilled a channel at 1:56 p.m. on Sunday, knocked on the drilling pipe and got knocking sounds back in response.

The blast took place at 2 p.m. on Jan. 10 at a gold mine in Qixia under Yantai City. It happened about 240 meters away from the entrance. Twenty-two workers were working more than 600 meters away from there.

Drilling channels into the mine is also challenging since they had to dig more than 600 meters from the surface under complicated geological conditions. On Friday, rescuers added two new areas, bringing the number of drilling channels to six.

"No matter how difficult it is, we will do our best to save the trapped people," said Xiu Guolin, head of the rescue team.