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22 trapped miners rescued in NE China

(Xinhua)

09:16, August 30, 2011


Rescuers move a trapped miner out of a flooded mine in Boli county in Northeast China's Heilongjiang province on the morning of Tuesday. [Photo/Xinhua]

QITAIHE, Heilongjiang - Twenty-two of the trapped miners in a flooded mine in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province were rescued as of early Tuesday morning, Xu Guangguo, vice governor of the province said.

The rescuers are still searching for the three missing miners, Xu said.

The miners were trapped on Aug 23 when an adjacent and flooded mine was accidentally drilled into.

Three men, ranging in age from 37 to 41, were saved on Saturday night and remain in a stable condition in hospital. A body was retrieved from the mine on Sunday.

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