115 Chinese Miners Rescued After Eight Days In Flooded Mine
April 5, 2010
Television broadcasts showed weeping rescuers as the men were brought from what had originally been feared to be their graves.
The miners had become trapped after the coal mine they were working became flooded, a common occurrence in a country where the conditions for miners is more deadly than anywhere else in the world.
They spent a harrowing eight days strapping themselves to walls with their belts to keep from drowning, eating sawdust and debris, and fighting to stay alive.
Above ground, searchers were desperately trying to find and save the men, refusing to give up as the days passed.
The men were pulled above ground at 4:30 local time.
They were shown by many news networks wrapped in blankets as they surfaces, their eyes covered to protect them from the sudden light.
Rescuers cried and hugged each other as they were loaded into ambulances and taken to nearby hospitals.
It is an incredible success for a country where the profession often leads to tragedy.