Note says 12 workers are still alive after the gold mine explosion last week; the fate of the other 10 is not clear.
Rescuers in China recovered a note from a group of miners trapped underground following an explosion a week ago, saying 12 of the workers are still alive, state media reported on Monday.
The fate of the other 10 miners is “uncertain,” the China Daily said.
Rescuers found the piece of paper after they managed to drill a hole in the tunnel where the men were trapped on January 10. They also heard tapping sounds and felt tugging on the iron strings used to deliver water and nutrients, state media said.
In the note, the men said they were exhausted and needed medical supplies, including pain relievers, antibiotics and bandages.
The note also stated that there was little ventilation and that the mine was full of dust and water.
“We hope the rescue continues and we will have hope.” the Global Times, a state tabloid, reported the memo saying.
Signs of life! A piece of paper recovered under a mine indicated that 12 workers are still alive while the other 10 are in an uncertain situation, after being trapped following a gold mine explosion in Shandong, in eastern China. https://t.co/y0pENrVkt3 pic.twitter.com/Svu0wcqH8k
– China Xinhua News (@XHNews) January 18, 2021
The miners were trap underground after an explosion about 240 meters (787 feet) from the entrance to the gold mine, which was under construction in eastern Shandong Province.
More than 300 people are involved in the rescue effort and excavators and machinery are on site, but crews have warned that it would be extremely difficult to get out the miners who were working more than 600 meters (1969 feet) from the entrance to the tunnel.
The accident took place on Sunday afternoon, but was not reported to authorities until 30 hours later. Mine officials were arrested while two senior local officials were also sacked due to the explosion, state media reported.
Chinese mines are among the most dangerous in the world.
At least 18 people died in December after being trapped in a mine in Chongqing, southwest China.