Beijing (dpa) – All 11 miners trapped at a collapsed tin mine in
south-west China were brought to safety after a 40-hour rescue
operation, state media reported early Monday.
They were taken out on stretchers through a tunnel dug by rescuers.
Some 1,000 people participated in the effort, Xinhua news agency
Ventilation equipment remained operational after the collapse, and no
deaths were reported from the cave-in on Saturday.
Deaths reported from mining accidents in China have dropped
significantly since the start of the millenium.
In 2013, 1,049 people died in 589 mining accidents in China, the
State Administration of Work Safety reported in January 2014.
However, most mining-related deaths in China are thought to go
unreported, with labour rights groups pointing to a lack of a free
press, independent trade unions and watchdog groups as reasons for