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Trapped miner rescued 17 days after flooding

By  Zhou Huiying (China Daily)

08:19, May 21, 2012

Si Li, a miner who was trapped underground after flooding in a coal mine in Hegang, Heilongjiang province, was rescued on Saturday after 17 days. On Sunday, he was in a coma in Hegang People's Hospital. (Xinhua/Bai Changhai)

A miner who was trapped underground after flooding in a coal mine in Hegang, Heilongjiang province, was rescued on Saturday after 17 days.

Si Li, 39, was carried out of Junyuan No 2 Coal Mine in Hegang on a stretcher at 4 am and taken to Hegang People's Hospital.

The mine in the city's Xing'an district was flooded at 7 am on May 2, trapping 18 of the 28 miners.

By May 3, rescuers had pumped 800 cubic meters of water frofm the mine and brought four miners out alive.

Ten miners have been confirmed dead and three remain missing.

"We found Si lying on a high platform that wasn't swept away by the strong flood. He was so weak that he couldn't speak at all," said Xuan Shiping, a member of the rescue team.

Si remained in the hospital's intensive care unit on Sunday afternoon.

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