Rescuers Racing to Save 11 Trapped Miners at Gold Mine in Shandong
Chinese media reported that Ten days after the fatal goldmine explosion in Qixia, East China's Shandong Province, frontline rescuers and medical workers continued to make all out efforts to save the 22 miners trapped underground at the site of the goldmine explosion in East China’s Shandong Province, which has trapped miners 200 meters below the obstacle in the shaft. One of the miners, who was hit on the head during the explosion 10 days ago, has died. Of the 11 miners who are in contact with rescuers, eight are in good condition and two are weak. The 11 miners who have established contact with rescuers were all located in the Fifth Central Section, about 350 meters from the shaft. The other 11 were reported to be operating at greater depths, more than 400 meters from the shaft in the Sixth Central Section, at the time of the accident.
A life detector has been lowered 627 meters into the mine, arriving at the section where the 10 missing miners are reported to be. A rescue team is starting the drilling of another life rescue channel. Obstacle clearance has reached below 350 meters.
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.