Eleven Chinese miners trapped underground for nearly six days by a tunnel collapse ate paper and chewed on a boiled leather belt to stay alive, local media said on Monday.
The miners were pulled out alive from the illegal iron and gold mine in northern China early on Sunday, the Beijing News said, in a rare bit of good news from the world’s deadliest mines, after a tunnel collapsed last Monday.
“At first, we ate newspaper pages when we got hungry, then orange peel,” the paper quoted Wu Pengyong, a 33-year-old miner, as saying.
“Later we got really hungry. I had a leather belt. I boiled it but it wouldn’t cook. I divided this half-cooked belt out with everyone to eat,” Wu said. [Full Text]