Rescuers Battle Floods to Save 32 Still Missing in China Mine Disaster
The first bodies, of six men, were found this morning, casting a shadow over the rescuers’ delight on Monday at pulling out so many survivors – a record for China’s notoriously dangerous mining industry.
Teams above ground continued to pump out millions more gallons of the water that gushed into the shafts of the Wangjialing mine in northwestern China shortly after noon on March 28 as 261 men were working underground, some as deep as 1,000 metres below the surface.
Up to 2,000 rescuers had descended into the mine and were struggling to make their way along the tunnels in rafts in search of the last missing 32 workers.
They knew the probable location of the men but the situation underground was extremely complex, hampering efforts to find them. One rescue team alone spent more than nine hours underground.