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5 rescued after SW China coal mine accidents

(Xinhua)

09:09, July 30, 2012

GUIYANG, July 29 (Xinhua) -- Five coal mine worker have been rescued after being trapped for more than 96 hours in a coal mine's tunnel collapse in southwest China's Guizhou province, the local rescue headquarters said.

The tunnel of the coal mine of Anlilai Coal Mine in Pu'an county collapsed at 6:26 p.m. Wednesday, trapping five miners, according to sources on-site with the rescue headquarters.

Fifty-three rescuers were sent underground to dig a tunnel to reach the miners when another collapse occurred at 2:15 p.m. Thursday, trapping the rescuers, said the rescue headquarters.

The 53 people were all pulled out unscathed six hours later through a newly-dug tunnel.

Rescuers found the five trapped worker at around 7:20 p.m. on Sunday, and sent them to hospital for treatment.

An investigation into the cause of the accidents is underway.

The mine, located in Louxia township of Pu'an county, has an annual production capacity of 210,000 tonnes.

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