According to state media, 11 gold miners were rescued on 24 January 2020 with most of them in good condition, after 14 days trapped 368 meters underground after the fatal goldmine explosion in the Hushan mine in Qixia in Yantai in East China's Shandong Province on January 10. Chief Engineer for the mine rescue Mr Xiao Wenru told Xinhua “An air ventilation shaft, which was the most feasible way to bring up the workers, had been cleared to a depth of 368 metres. It is at this location we discovered that there were some steel pipes supporting the blockage. There was almost no blockage under the steel pipes. The discovery greatly expedited the rescue process."
The bodies of nine workers killed in explosions at a gold mine in China have been found, raising the death toll to 10. One miner is still missing.
This incident reminds us of the 2010 Copiapo mining accident, also known then as the Chilean mining accident in 2010, a cave in at the San José copper gold mine, located in the Atacama Desert 45 kilometers north of the regional capital of Copiapo in northern Chile. Thirty three men, trapped 700 meters underground and 5 kilometers from the mine's entrance via spiraling underground ramps, were rescued after 69 days.